Birmingham is a swanky little suburb outside Detroit. The city is known for its shopping and style. On the weekends, you can find people jogging and chatting over expensive lattes. It’s a fun place to visit on Saturday morning.
I love the fact that the merchants take the time to decorate their shops with container gardens, window boxes and topiary. Here are some photographs of the topiary designs I passed last Saturday morning.
This is a great evergreen pom pon topiary that sits on one side of a store entrance. The other entrance has a similar topiary. The patina copper pot is the perfect container.
Talk about effectively using space. This topiary is trimmed in half to fit flush with the wall and the container has been put on a serious diet. That pot is only about 5 inches wide, but the topiary appears full size. It fits perfectly into this narrow patch of sidewalk.
This boxwood topiary adds height to the container design and balances the length of the urn. The red geraniums look fantastic against the black cast iron. This is simple, classic topiary design at its best (and no, I don’t care that the top has two branches).
I love this look. A simple, weathered clay pot with a tall Bay topiary. This is what I call clean, simple design.
This purple flower topiary surrounded by petunias and licorice plant looks great. These beautiful concrete planters are found throughout the city of Birmingham and were created by Debra Silver. You can read about their creation on Debra’s amazing blog, Dirt Simple. The article in the link has some amazing images of the container plantings from years past.
Another great example of simple, clean design. I am not 100% certain what plant is in this container. I think it is a willow tree. It looks great in this tall, slender “made to look like lead” container. The moss growing at the base of the trunk looks beautiful. The container of boxwood next to the topiary completes this lovely vignette.
Although this is officially not a topiary, I have included it because it’s a nice example of using small evergreen shrubs to great effect. Here a small juniper is surrounded by purple and white petunias. The design looks quite stylish.