How to Take Care of Sphagnum Moss for Your Topiary ?

Has your topiary gone from a lively fresh green Sphagnum Moss to not so fresh and the moss has turned brown like the one shown below?

Note that your Sphagnum Moss is like dirt to plants. To keep the moss alive, you will need to refresh the moss once to twice a year by mixing in new moss or planting live foliages to the topiary. It is suggested that you plant foliage within 6 months to get the moss to accept the plants for growth. If you just let the moss sit for a long period-of-time, the Sphagnum moss can dry out to a point where you can not save it.

Thus, you need to maintain the topiary and moss for longevity by adding plants or adding new moss in with the older moss. If you do not plan to revive or take care of the moss, we suggest that you use artificial outdoor boxwood foliage that needs little maintenance so you will not have to deal with the worn-out look as shown here. The outdoor boxwood foliages are UV protected and can last up to 8 years in torment weather conditions.

Here is a list of plants to consider for your topiary.
/Lady with painting pallet closeup dress with scrubs.

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We are featuring ideas to recycle or make use of existing materials that are considered waste.

In this article, we are showcasing topiary sheep that are covered with old phone wire from the ’60s & ’70s. Even the actual phone itself is put to use.

These are Cord Phones for Landline Old Telephone with Mechanical Ringer Volume Control Retro Analog Desk Phones for Home, School, and Office

Another tool to recycle or be eco-friendly in making a topiary is to hot dip galvanized the metal so the metal will not rust or erode away. Learn more about galvanizing the metal for a topiary frame.

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The Benefits of Galvanizing a Topiary Frame Are Endless!

Reasons for Hot Dip Galvanizing Topiary Metal Frames

Coating Durability for the Metal, Corrosion Performance for the Lifecycle of the topiary to last decades and turnaround times are quick!!


How long will a Topiary Metal Frame after going through the galvanizing process? Decades!!

What is Hot Dip Galvanizing (HDG)? The process of dipping fabricated steel into a kettle or vat containing molten zinc. Provides a distinct advantage over other corrosion metal protection methods. While the steel is in the kettle, the iron in the steel metallurgically reacts with the molten zinc to form a tight bond alloy coating. Browse an example of a live topiary metal frame being hot dipped in the kettle for galvanizing.

Why Galvanizing the Metal Frame? Whether an artful sculpture glinting under the sun or a sturdy bridge arcing over the waves of a rushing river, galvanized structures can be seen standing strong and corrosion-free across the continent. For more than 100 years hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) has been a mainstay of the North American industry. 

What is the TRUE Cost of Galvanized Steel? Many have the perception hot-dip galvanized steel is cost prohibitive on an initial cost basis in comparison to other forms of corrosion protection.  While other corrosion protection systems, such as paint and powder-coating, have seen cost increases of 100% or more. And to add salt to the wound, these other protective systems require maintenance on a more frequent basis, increasing the life-cycle costs. 

ZINC is the main component of Galvanizing Steel. The silver, blue-gray vital metal is abundant, essential, and recyclable.

Is Galvanzing Metal Sustainabe? Utilizing hot-dip galvanized steel ensures fewer natural resources are consumed, fewer emissions are output, and less money is spent over the life of a project.

The best resource for Hot Dip Galvanizing is the American Galvanizer Association

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Topiary Gardening

When it comes to animal topiary, these have been celebrated in many movies over the years such as the film “The Shining” and “Edward Scissorhands” and if you watch those old black and white movies with noir genres, you are bound to see a few animal topiary forms like lions guarding the front door of mansions.

Today an animal topiary might announce a fisherman’s best catch or a fanciful warning topiary of a shark with its jaws agape. There are pet lovers who scour the best topiary from designers and retailers to make lifelike replicas of their favorite cat or dog.

Even if you yourself are not qualified for this kind of handicraft, we can take care of your needs! You might have seen some topiary examples on Pinterest, but you will not have pricing information or any of the handmade details about the items from sources like that. You might have thought that you would not be able to afford your own topiary. We make it easy and affordable to get a topiary that will bring your garden spaces to life!

For the past several decades, however, property owners, residential, commercial, and industrial alike, favor trendy topiary shapes such as two spiral topiary at entrances. These create curb appeal and expand business status in a community.

Colleges, professional offices, and residential properties are often enhanced by classic ivy topiary balls. These are created from wire topiary forms and usually some form of ivy, like English Ivy which stays green all year. The denser Boston and Japanese Ivy provide a lush appearance to large-size wire topiary forms such as those for horses and elephants. Moss is another type of plant useful for creating a topiary. For smaller size animal shapes or attractive triple globe topiaries, instead of ivy, boxwood or holly may be substituted to create a different look. Boxwood also is used for contemporary twisted topiary forms and appealing spiral topiary forms.

Naturally, the topiary that grabs the most attention is those that are highly unusual. These may include twin mermaids, a life-size giraffe, or rustic topiary forms like a small herd of cows. Note that topiary designers also create wire topiary forms that are not intended to be covered with plants. These give an ultra-modern look to a professional office or an idyllic country home. Many of these wire forms are appearing as holiday lawn decorations such as a snowman, Santa, or a family of deer. Lights added to the forms make stunning wintry decorations indoors or out. No matter what you choose for your open space, filling open spaces with topiary speaks volumes of your sense of elegance and style. Designers of topiary are trained and skilled in the use of metal and other materials of fabrication to create ingenious custom topiary shapes and forms.

Many elegant homes have landscaping that includes topiary forms. In addition to serving as landscaping focal points, topiary forms are also used as decorations during formal events such as weddings, business events, and garden parties. Most Americans first became aware of topiary art during the 1960s when Walt Disney incorporated them into his landscape design. His topiaries re-imagined popular Disney characters as living art sculptures of greenery.

Topiaries have been used for quite a long time. In fact, even Julius Caesar had a topiary garden. The types of forms that are popular vary from country to country. For example, in Western countries, topiaries are created from shapes that look like animals, geometric shapes, and even letters. 

Elephant topiaries are very in vogue. In Eastern countries like China and Japan, topiaries are very small and distinctive in their design. The miniature pieces of art typically are planted in an ornate planter and even decorated with moss. However, modern homeowners who want to incorporate topiaries into their landscaping designs are not limited to Eastern or Western styles. Rather, homeowners are encouraged to create their own unique style.

Perhaps you are interested in the concept but not exactly sure what topiary gardening is or does. Topiary gardening is a type of gardening where plants are grown into different forms using wireframes and strategic pruning. Experienced gardeners use a variety of plants to create designs as well as textures. With a bit of creativity and time, topiary gardens can be created with patterns like mosaics, stripes, and even geometric shapes. In fact, the final product is limited only by the imagination of the gardener.

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To Galvanized or Powder Coat the Metal with Outdoor Artificial Boxwoods Foliages or Sphagnum Moss?

The outdoor artificial boxwood foliages have a 5-8 year outdoor and 15 indoor warranty before color fading and any other issues can occur or be apparent. We can only offer a lifetime guarantee on galvanized frames and that is just for the frames. 

Unpainted raw steel should last the duration of the outdoor artificial boxwood foliages for both outdoor and indoor environments. Paint/primer just adds additional protection from rust. This just makes the frames last even longer. No matter if painted, galvanized, or powder coated, the frames would likely need some kind of touchup after 5-8 years. If regular paint, then the metal would need a recoat. The best route is to galvanize the metal to ensure a lifetime use of the topiary. 

Galvanized metal frames work great for all almost every application except live plants and fertilizers with direct contact against the metal. A shrub is fine since the frame is for shaping the leaves/trunk and not in direct contact with soil. Artificial moss is fine too with no planting. For a metal frame that will be in direct contact with the soil/moss for planting and fertilizers,  Powder coating is recommended over Galvanizing the metal.

Below is an example of a galvanized framed. Note the silver color.

Galvanized Metal Frame Elephant Topiary

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Wire Frames Considerations for Topiaries

Our wire frames are made from quality materials and are custom-built frames per your specifications to create your imaginative designs. Our talented and creative artists can build a metal frame designed to meet your needs in about two to three weeks. It doesn’t matter whether you have formal landscaping or cottage gardening, our artists can help bring your ideas to life. Our economical topiary forms are easy for almost any home gardener or landscaping professional to use. Shipping fees for topiaries depend on a variety of factors including the size of the form as well as location. 

Our wire topiary frames are designed to make it easy to train densely-leafed plants and help them hold their shapes as they grow. Occasional trimming, a good location, enough sun, warmth, and proper watering will keep them thriving and help elevate a mundane garden into something special and beautiful. During winter, custom-made topiaries can be moved to a greenhouse or other location that will protect them from frost and help keep tender leaves and vines from dying back. After the last frost, they can resume their posts outdoors for the next growing season. Whether a garden is formal or informal, custom topiaries offer a striking focal point that complements their setting and is guaranteed to impress guests. Affordable, easy-to-use topiary forms make it simple to get them set up, while custom topiary forms offer homeowners, gardeners, and designers unprecedented flexibility when it comes to creating eye-catching, one-of-a-kind shapes.

We use larger-size rods for supporting shapes and smaller-size rods for contour shapes and details. The size of the steel rod is determined by the structural needs of the topiary frame. Smaller topiary frames will often have a mixture of 3/16” and 1/8” steel rods. Larger topiary frames will have 1/4”-3/8” rods and an internal steel tube supporting structure. 

Why we have quality products?

1) We use steel metal on our topiary frames. A distinction for sure is that there is no actual wire used in the topiaries except for chicken wire. All the frames are made with steel rod which is much stronger than a wire of the same gauge thickness. 

The size of the gauge depends on the design. Below are some guidelines on the gauge metal we use.

  • The smaller deer all have 3/16
  • Larger deer on rock is 1/4, 3/16 and 1/8”
  • Small rabbits are all 1/8”
  • Large rabbit is all 1/4” and some 1/8”
  • Bees/butterflies are all 1/8”
  • Poles are 1/4” and some 3/8”

2) Our finish on the metal protects against natural rust. It is sealed with an oil. 

  • Enamel
  • Galvanized (best choice to prevent the metal from rust)
  • Powder Coat (offers many color selections)

3) Our orders are all Hand Made in the USA.

4) No 2 toparies are the same unless we have a CNC process.

For the larger topiaries, we add internal tubing strength the frame to support moss, plants and longevity for the topiary.

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What Type of Foliages Should be Used for Topiaries

Our specialists recommend adding foliage like boxwood or grass to cover the form. Gardeners can use organic or artificial foliage depending on their preferences. Some gardeners prefer to use artificial foliage in order to ensure that their landscape designs remain green for years to come despite weather conditions.

See the Lady painter topiary made with chicken wire base with moss and a floral blanket of shrubs and succulents added.

Consider adding artificial boxwood or artificial grass to cover your custom topiary form for very cold or hot tempertures.. Below are examples of work we have done with a rabbit using artificial boxwood on a very large Rabbit.

Large 7 foot Topiary Rabbit Hand Wrapped in Outdoor Boxwood

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Custom Made Commercial Topiary Ideas

Here we share our photo album of large topiaries we have made for our customers!

All of our extra-large topiaries are handmade. Each one is a project with engineering specs to fit your design themes. Call us today for your next topiary.

/Angel Lights
/angel moss
recommend to galvanized topiary wire to protect against weather elements

bears sitting
The Beattle's Band
dinosaur with long neck looking backwards
/dinosaur and dalek
elephant family out for the day

For centuries, people have added a dramatic touch to the exterior of their buildings with large topiary trees. The visual impact of these installations says a lot to the visitor. The artistic flair of large topiary trees will indicate you appreciate good taste. And having large topiary trees during the winter brightens the appearance of your business.

Commercial landscaping should include a mixture of large topiary trees, ball topiaries, and custom-designed topiaries inside and outside your building. The elements you chose should define your business space whether it is formal or casual. You can take an artful and fresh approach with playful ball topiaries or install something seriously sculptural to convey whatever is meaningful to your image.

The range of variety in topiaries for commercial use is endless. The elegant manicured nature of topiary designs is always stunning and impressive. Choose the style and shape from bold and striking to subdued and sophisticated. Whatever topiary you select, it will impress and bring warmth and style to your commercial décor.

Elephant Lead
elephant standing on a box
German Shepherd Grass covered
/giraffe pair standing lifesize
Giraffe frame with lights
Giraffes standing
/arge hand and bean stalk
magical moss sauropod side view
/magical moss sauropod

Bee Happy is covered with outdoor solar lights:)

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HEDGEFUN Topiary Public Art Display, Downtown-Stamford, CT

We were commissioned by Downtown Stamford to create 16 topiaries for public art. They are on display from June to the end of September 2022.

We are eco-friendly and our topiaries are handmade in the USA. Our topiaries are covered with outdoor weather-protected foliage or moss. Using the moss allows you to add plants to the topiary. Consider moss as dirt for the attached plants that will grow on the topiary.

Here are a few resources to recycle outdoor foliage after the 10-year expected lifespan.

You can follow this link to see the street locations where the topiaries are on display for the exhibit.

Take a selfie picture of T-Rex and more information about the HedgeFun project.

For the life-sized elephant topiary, see the below picture for day and night display via solar lighting. The frames for these topiaries are made with steel rods and tubing and have a galvanized finish that can withstand almost any outdoor environment. The foliage is UV-rated and Fire resistant with a 5-8 year no fade warranty, but can last twice as long before any maintenance is needed. 

Life Size Topiary Elephant, follow this link to see the street locations where the topiaries are on display for the exhibit.
Life Size Lighted Topiary Standing Elephant Covered with Outdoor Boxwood Foliages via Solar Panels ECO-Friendly. Follow this link to see the street locations where the topiaries are on display for the exhibit.

The inspiration starts with a photograph or a CAD design of a topiary design and we take it from there into a reality as shown below.

Kids love this sauropod topiary:)

Sauropod Topiary, covered with outdoor boxwood foliage and solar lights for illumination at night. Follow this link to see the street locations where the topiaries are on display for the exhibit.

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Animal Topiary Ideas

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