Decorating with Topiaries and Houseplants

Houseplants are easy to decorate with and when you mix in topiaries with their architectural presence, you can really pack a decorating punch in any room. Lately I’ve found myself drawn to greenery … some of my recent finds are more money than I’d like to spend and others are a bargain. Surprisingly, I don’t necessarily like the more expensive ones better, which is typically the case.

Topiary WreathThis topiary circle in a mossy clay pot was a recent find at our local flea market.  I think I love the little pot as much as the plant itself. I need to remember to give this guy a haircut from time to time so it doesn’t get wild.


Topiary Wreath


White Ironstone Covered DishAnother recent find is this ironstone covered dish I recently won in an Ebay auction. I’ve been having lots of luck finding beautiful ironstone pieces online … both on Ebay and Etsy. I’m stockpiling so I’ll have something to put on my kitchen shelves when they’re hung.

Ivy PlantA simple, healthy ivy sits next to the ironstone dish on the dining buffet. I found this little plant for just $4.

Green Ivy in Ironstone PitcherIt fit perfectly in my newest ironstone pitcher.  When I see my new little plants, my spirits are lifted.

Trailing IvyGreenery in the home is beneficial on so many levels.  In addition to being aesthetically appealing, they provide benefits like cleaning the air.

Dining Buffet with PlantsI replaced some of the clutter on the dining buffet with two of my new plants. Sometimes simple is better.

Greens in the Dining RoomThe new buffet decor provides a good backdrop for a St. Patrick’s Day lunch with Spring Green Soup.

Topiary and Fern MossAbove the buffet on a metal shelf is a Myrtle topiary. Myrtle is a great plant for sculpting like this. I was told by the lady at the flea market that the moss on the clay pot occurred naturally in the greenhouse. I was certain it had been treated with a moss mixture but she assured me it had not. Laying on its side next to the Myrtle tree is a bright green fern moss.

Fern Moss and Clay PotI love the intricacy and daintiness of the little mossy fern … and the color is fun and cheery.

Myrtle TopiaryOur dining room light fixture is captured in the reflection of a vintage mirror. When I redecorated the dining room, I painted this light fixture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I love the detail of the ceiling.

Mossy FernAnother $4 mossy fern is snug as a bug inside an over-sized coffee mug. Why buy planters when you can use ordinary objects from around the house?

Topiary WreathI’m now feeling motivated to get some old clay pots and put some moss on them. I just love this look!

Farmhouse Dining BuffetDecorating with plants is so easy to do. Combine pricey topiaries with less expensive, everyday house plants for an interesting mix. Next up, I’m going to try some of those fun air plants I’ve been seeing all over. What are some of your favorite indoor plants?

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  1. Ahhh, fresh greenery looks so nice. I love that topiary pot too. I only have one plant upstairs. It’s a large Hoya plant that is over 50 years old and was my mother’s. It came from a cutting from a wealthy lady who donated it for a church bazaar and my mother bought it. Downstairs we have an old jade plant (about 30 years) and a newer Christmas cactus. That’s it for indoor plants here. I just don’t have the room for them. Blessings, Pamela

  2. The fresh green screams Springtime! I have managed to keep a few alive in the sunroom. I must confess.. I am not a gardener at all. But I have a huge fern and a pot garden with 2 to 3 plants in this huge pot and a ficus in another. That is it for me… the roses, irises and lilies, lantanas, boxwoods and crepe myrtles are all alive in the gardens by the grace of God as we no longer have a lawn service.
    Cheers, Gee

  3. I love the look of fresh greens in the home.I am not good with plants.I had a sweet little clove plant last spring.It held on for awhile until it was gone.That rosemary plant I bought before Christmas is dead 🙁


  4. I love this Jennifer! I cannot for the life of me get Ivy to live in my house. do you have any tips? I have the best luck with the philodendron but it’s not as pretty as Ivy.

  5. I adore topiaries and you have outdone yourself! My particular fave is the myrtis, but they dry out once and they are a goner. Ahem, I speak from experience…
    Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  6. I love all your plants, Jennifer! That round topiary is great. They all have a very airy look to them which I like. I bought a small ivy plant last year at Home Depot {spur of the moment}. Unfortunately, it did not do well where I wanted to use it, which was our laundry room, where there is no natural light. Since I wanted a plant in there I had to go the faux route.

  7. Nothing like fresh plants in the house. I used to have them everywhere, but not enough natural light in this house for plants. Love your fresh farmhouse style of decorating. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  8. These plants are very pretty….I love the clay pots, they have nice age to them. I am a huge topiary fan. I have plans to make some for our new home when we get there and to that point.


  9. I just love the green and white. Love toparies, I have tried many times to do a rosemary one, just not enough light. The myrtle one is great!

  10. To me when I see Topiaries it is a sign of wealth and patients and love you hardly see them in homes . I love them on the front porch or a driveway entrance of a home. Hey Shannon I’ll help smuggle some ivy to you… LOL … Jennifer thank you for this post.

  11. So pretty. Love the moss covered pots. My little angel vine just died. I was really going to keep it alive. I neglected it a few days and it just dried up. This makes me want to try again! I love the ivy in the white pitcher!

  12. I love all this! I absolutely agree with you – plants change everything in a home – they just add so much cheer! I especially love the mossy fern in the tea cup!

  13. Holy cow you’ve been busy since I last came for a visit! I love, love, love the mossy terra cotta pot. And of course the ironstone. Everything you’ve done is so fresh and springy. Congrats on being included in Shabbilicious Magazine 🙂

  14. Hi, Jennifer! I agree, I think I love the look of the pot as much as the plant! Using live ivy is one of my favorite accessories. I really like the assortment you’ve gathered. You’ve inspired me! I think I need to go do a bit of indoor plant shopping. 🙂

  15. LOVE, LOVE your topiary, ivy and moss plants. How lucky to be able to find them at a flea market, and at a good price. Live plants are always favorites of mine, but I’ve killed more ivy than I care to think about. Do you have a trick for keeping it alive in the house?
    Visiting from Coastal Charm.