About four years ago, dear friends of mine gave me this wonderful pair of myrtle topiaries. Now double their original size, they’re thriving nicely. I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets:

I keep them in a cool spot with bright, indirect light.

I try and place them in the same sun exposure all year round.

I never let them dry out. I pinch the soil to see when they’re ready for watering, and then water them well. Misting them, or popping them in a cool shower for a few minutes works wonders too.

Myrtles love to be pruned. I snip them here and there when they get a little unruly, and they’re all the happier for the trim. It’s funny; leaf growth usually slows down during winter, but not for these two! Beautiful new glossy green leaves are sprouting!

Their hearty scale and trimmed form adds a touch of elegance to wherever I place them.

I’m one happy indoor gardener!

Love, Nora


  1. Marian L on February 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Nora you have inspired me to try again! Sadly, I have killed more topiaries’ than I’m willing to admit. I have the perfect spot that sounds like your suggestion so we will see how it goes. Do you ever fertilize them?

    • Nora on February 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Marian!
      I am so happy that you’ll give them another go!! I keep my plant maintenance pretty simple and straightforward. No, I don’t fertilize them….I guess I’m afraid they’ll get too big!! 🙂
      Thanks very much! Love, Nora

  2. ruth ann siegler on February 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I have one topiary that is about two years old and is doing well. I bought another to use on my dining table for Christmas and it has died. I don’t know what I did wrong with the new one but will wait until warmer weather to purchase another! I am sad…..

  3. Kate on February 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I bought a bitty myrtle at the local nursery, inspired by your lovely topiaries, and I’m happy to report that it yet lives! Like the above reader, I’ve killed more topiaries… Sigh. But I’ve found the myrtle is really very easy to maintain! It’s thriving in my kitchen windowsill. Thanks for the inspiration, Nora!

  4. Mary on February 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I have a boxwood topiary and I’m trying some of your tips…it’s survived for 5 years and with trimming, has gone from a double globe to a single! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Deb on February 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Do tell about your planters and saucers. I’m in love.

    • Nora on February 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Deb!

      The pots are old Guy Wolf pots…love how wonderfully mossy they’ve become! The trays are copper. I have them in various sizes – bought them from Smith & Hawken Years ago….they also get better over time!

      Love, Nora

      • Deb on February 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

        Nora, Thank you for the information. I thought they might be Guy Wolff planters. I have copper saucers that are Guy Wolff, I guess I need to invest in pots. ☺️ I love your home, I get so much inspiration from your posts.

        • Nora on February 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm

          Thanks so very much Deb! Love, Nora 🙂

  6. Cindy on February 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Nora, are the large potted topiaries that straddle your dining room window also myrtles? I was wondering what type of plant they were and if you scoot them outside in the summer months. They are beautiful, whatever they are! You have inspired me to go places I’ve never gone before when it comes to bringing the outdoors in. Thank you!

    • Nora on February 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Cindy!
      If they are the topiaries that are on the floor, they’re my pair of boxwood triple topiaries. If they’re the topiaries on the table, they’re the myrtle double topiaries.

      They all go outside in the spring after all threat of frost is gone. All my plants love it outside, and I try to place them right outside of the window where they usually reside indoors. This way they get consistent sun exposure all year round.

      Thanks very much! Love, Nora

  7. Cindy on February 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Good to know and thank you!

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