Topiary Trees – How to Plant in Pots and Planters – Southern Patio

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terracotta pots and topiary trees

By:  Chelsea Lipford Wolf

Topiary trees have developed and clearly defined shapes. Nothing can make your front door look more “put together” than having these trees in matching containers on either side of your entryway. But there are so many options and choices out there, it’s hard to select just one!

That’s why I like to keep it simple and classic with terracotta pots and round topiary trees.

These 14” terracotta clay pots from Southern Patio come with adequate drainage, so you don’t have to worry about drilling holes yourself.

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Of course you’ll plant your topiaries just like any other plant by adding some soil to the pot, placing the plant in and topping with more potting soil. Push the soil firmly around the entire pot to ensure it’s compact.

But since you’re making 2 containers to flank either side of your door, you also want them to be equal to each other! Sometimes the tree may not have grown upright or centered in the plastic pot it comes in from the store, so adjust it based on the tree trunk, not the root ball, in your terra cotta pot as necessary! Either way you want to make sure it’ll match its counterpart.

To keep the soil from floating out when you water your new plants, add some neutral-colored pea gravel on top. This also helps keep the soil moist so your topiary won’t get thirsty too quickly. And it’s much prettier than potting soil!

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The orange tint of the terra cotta is such a great compliment to the dark green of the topiaries. Not to mention the size of the pot keeps the tree well-balanced.

topiary trees

Whether you have 1, 2, 3, or 4, there’s no denying a topiary in a terracotta clay pot is a warm and inviting welcome to anyone who visits your home!

Check out some other terracotta planter ideas!
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