How to Landscape an Outdoor Topiary Garden & Topiary Hints

An alternative to  plastics that gradually degrade in sunlight over time is our Polyblend Material to extend the life our outdoor topiaries in all weather conditions.


That really depends upon what part of the country you are located, the number of days of sun, where the plant. Under severe U.V. conditions plants in the Deep South and Southwest in sunny and hot climates have remained intact for three to five years. In the Northern climates where the U.V is less intense, our outdoor trees and plants are lasting seven years and more. There are many installations in the North that look fine after ten years of service.

Of the plastics used in foliages, the poorest is the ordinary imported polyethylene. Next better is the cast vinyl, next is the vinyl used in the bottle-brush shrubbery, and the next is our Polyblend.

Polyblend is a polyethylene blend, but it is a high quality industrial grade material to which have been added several other ingredients to prevent U.V from having effect on resin.

Our Polyblend shrubbery exhibits outstanding resistant to chemical degradation by the sunlight. In a very rugged test we ran on this material in the laboratory, average polyethylene breaks down in from 200 to 500 hours exposure. Our Polyblend material has gone 4,162 hours without noticeable change.

All plastics regardless of pigmentation will experience some color change either in the pigments or the resin, on aging. The change in our topiaries or plants will be very slow and not extreme enough to in any way impair the aesthetic value of the installation.


Polyblend plus UV + Firesafe words forming a circular shape. Inside the circle there is a half flame draw crossed by a diagonal line. On the other half there is a part of a sun draw

A characteristic of artificial shrubbery which has a great deal to do with its holding up under weathering is its physical construction. The shrubbery must withstand snow and ice loads, and high winds, without damage.

The ordinary indoor polyethylene’s are nearly all assembled in small segments stacked on relatively weak center rods or tubes. They are not designed to be put out in the weather, and are subject to serious damage.

Silk type plants are just too fragile for exposure to the elements.

Our outdoor topiaryare made a new technology which allows almost all the plants to be made with stalk, branches, and twigs molded into one integral unit, with heavy reinforcing wire in all branches running into a buddle of wires in the stem. 

The result is very strong, flexible plant which will hold it natural shape in most weather conditions.

Green part of a sun, a hexagonal snow like shape and three dropsOur artificial outdoor shrubbery and trees are designed to withstand the ravages of sun, ice, wind and people.

Green circle crossed by a diagonal line. First half of it has part of a flame shape. Second half has a part of a sun shape

Mixed with Inherent Fire Retardant additives the Polyblend®formula is the ultimate replica foliage. Polyblend®/Firesafe®passes fire tests: NFPA 701 and UL-94 Tests for Class 2.

A green leaf inside a circle. This circle has two arrows following the circle shape

Polyblend®is the perfect solution for hard-to-grow or hard-to-reach areas where maintenance for live landscapes is challenging.

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