An Alternative to Expensive Topiaries

Topiaries are one of my favorite plant styles.
Keeping a real one alive has been a huge challenge for me.
The good looking “fake” or preserved topiary plants can be very “pricey”.
So here is my alternative to a similar look…naturally.

Right now, garden centers have nursery items on clearance.
I snatched up two of these Leland Cypress trees at Home Depot for under $7 each.
This couldn’t be easier…
All you blogger/crafters have these items around – I know you do.
Burlap and twine? Sure – Vine ribbon is optional.
Lay out your burlap (mine is garden fabric so it was really cheap) and cut your fabric where it will cover your tree bucket loosely.
I am using two layers of fabric for each tree because this particular roll of burlap is very thin. I am leaving the label on the bucket so that when I am ready to plant them in my yard, I will know how much sun, etc. they need. I have used Arborvitae for this same project – they don’t get as big as a Cypress but a Cypress is a pretty slow grower. They get quite large in time so make sure you have a place in mind for future planting when you choose your tree species.
So – place the tree in the center of your cut fabric and bring the fabric up to hug the base of your tree. Tie the twine around the burlap at the base of the tree above the bucket to hold your fabric in place.
Then arrange the burlap so it looks like a loose sack.
I then used my vine ribbon to add an extra natural element to my decorative trees.
You don’t have to.
They are rustic and natural!
Plus, I can reuse these pretty trees in my landscape next year.
I still love topiaries but these are more practical and serve the same purpose.
I am getting ready for winter….and the holidays. I can add twinkle lights to my new cypress accents for a bright and welcome entrance to my lovely porch.
Hurry in to your garden store before these beauties are all gone.
(the corn stalks and pumpkins have got to go….another porch pot idea coming soon)
AND….CONGRATULATIONS to President Obama!

Linking with these parties:
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