Monday, August 17, 2009

over the top topiary


Imagine coming home to these whimsical shrubs.
Imagine a royal family of elephants on your lawn. Why you would be the envy of the neighborhood.
image from Veranda
If you could select any sort of topiary in any shape, what might you choose?

30 comments:

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

hahaha love the elephants...I actually have a little one next to my letterbox in the shape of our dog :) absolute truth!!!! my dad made it for me.

Debra said...

The light may not be perfect... but PvE~ wouldn't that last make the most perfect little studio?
To go with my traditional cape- I would want star topiaries on each side of my front door entry.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I love the elephants.....how much fun are those! Thanks for sharing these, going to look at my boxwood now and see the possibilities. XO

pve design said...

ji-
show me your dog topiary, please!
pve

D-bra-
oh yes, I want that to be my studio....
well actually, I need tons of light and an open space
and topiaries shaped like happy dancing children..
pve


Sande-
I thought your topiary would be an elegantly wrapped gift?
pve

Pretty Neat Designs said...

Green elephants! That would be the lawn of my dreams.

Kwana said...

These are great! I don't know what I'd pick. Maybe my dog with a big "beware of Yorkie" sign.

Shandell's said...

I would have horses and dogs playing. The elephants are simply divine.

Purple Flowers said...

I would like two giraffes: one adult and its calf(?). I adore giraffes!

jae said...

good question. the elephants are pretty fantastic, but i'd probably like something that wasn't at first what it seemed....like maybe a group of big oak trees or weeping willows. trunk and all that were topiaries would be just the right amount of whimsy.

home before dark said...

I've given up on topiaries and would settle for someone—someone else—to keep my various yew hedges well trimmed! Having said that I'd like to have a topiary house as a true garden room. I've seen pictures of these. Amazing. Of course at 60, I might need a life extension to see this come of age!

Pigtown-Design said...

There's a house here in Maryland that has a whole fox-hunting scene in topiary. Also some waves with swans a-swimming, and windows cut into the hedges with swagging on top. WAY cool!

pranksygang said...

the elephants are great .. but i would choose the 3rd picture! I dunno why i like that!

Carey said...

To live with day after day, I would choose classic rounds and geometrics for my topiaries. The one exception would be a well detailed Eiffel Tower shaped shrub, just as big and obvious as you please!

Prairie Girl Studio said...

it's hard to 'top' the elephants ~ they are too great!
mmm, wonder if a topiary of a feather would work ...
pg xo

Frau said...

Hearts!! I love topiaries, always kill them though. Have a great Monday.

It Is Everlasting said...

Those elephants are fantastic!

Deidra said...

I gotta say...I love the elephants! Although a topiary that looks like Taye Diggs would be nice...

Vitania said...

These are great !! ok - a little over the top, but totally fun. And elephants bring good fortune!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow how sweet are those elephants. My sister just got back from Africa and made sure to fill her camera with elephants pics just for me!

Nadine @ BDG said...

what an imaginative entry-- I myself would love bocca dell'inferno.

Chloedezigns said...

When my daughter was little on the way to her sitter's every day we passed shrubs sheared into elephants their trunks and tails connected.... whimsical and magical. I think I would love one that could actually be used for our backyard feathered friends. So a birdhouse would be cool.

cats said...

that's so funny that you should post this today! this weekend my husband i were talking about putting a 6' giraffe topiary in the courtyard outside our baby's nursery. i'm kind of obsessed now.

bluehydrangea said...

Love, love, love topiaries. Any shape, any form. the more whimsical the better!

Summer is a Verb said...

Those elephant topiaries are ahhhmazzzing...tucking this photo away fro future reference! XXOO

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The elephants would be perfect!
Have you ever been to the topiary garden called Green Animals?? It's in Rhode Island, not too far from Newport. A magical, magical place!!

kate said...

great toperiay post, love topiaries!!!
best to you
kate

LindsB said...

wow, those are some serious topiaries

mina said...

those elephant shrubs are unreal!

Fiona said...

I love elephants so much. That is fantastic! I couldn't do better than that.

Liz, Viive and Benji said...

A Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbs fame) snowman house of horrors topiary, hidden around a corner somewhere as a surprise might be fun. I love Calvin's crazy snowmen!