“ Brand: Argos „
I purchased some Topiary Grass Balls from Argos last August after my hanging baskets (containing real plants) had all frazzled in the summer sun. I decided that they would be worth trying as almost every summer the same thing happens to my 'real' hanging baskets. It seems that just a few dry days where I forget to water them is enough for them to deteriate beyond repair.
The topiary balls from Argos come in a large cardboard box and are ready assembled. They cost £19:99 and for this price you get 2 balls, which are a nice deep green colour, and they come attached to silver metal chains which have a hook at the end to enable them to be hung up. The balls themselves are 30 cm in diameter, and the chains are roughly 35cm in length.
The quality of the topiary balls is pretty good, especially when compared to more expensive versions from various garden centres. The colour is good, and the dense thickness of the artificial leaves makes them look bushy and blocks out any sight of the inner bracket holding it all together. The chains are hung from the centre of the ball, and are firmly fixed on, with a good hook at the far end.
Almost 12 months on from my purchase of these topiary balls I am still pleased with my purchase. I left them up all over the harsh winter, and they managed to survive some pretty intense wintery conditions, including lashings of snow and ice.
The balls themselves are a bit faded, and I suspect that this would be highlighted massively if I purchased a new one and put it next to one of my current ones. However compared to the rest of the bushes, shrubs and grass nearby they look just fine, and I'm sure I will get at least another year out of them. The chains did start to rust quite early into last winter, and so I gave them a heavy coating in WD40 which seemed to reduce the rate of rusting and keep them in decent condition.
Overall for £19:99 I think these topiary balls are pretty good value for money. They sit there all year and help the front of my house to look a little more interesting and appealing without any need for me to water them or spend any time pruning or weeding etc. They do gradually fade but this is to be expected, and a handy tip that I found was to turn them round occasionally so that a different area of the ball can take the effects of the weather elements from time to time. The chain also lasts longer if coated in WD40.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
WHAT IS IT?
Fake leafy arrangements in a ball shape. They are for indoor or outdoor use but I think they should be used in sheltered areas if you are going to use them outside.
These are about the size of a softball and are made of lots of plastic leaves to make it look real. They are hollow inside and feel light to hold and carry them. Each ball has got a hanging chain attached to it but I do not use that because I put mine on top of some sculptures that are in my porch. I keep them in the porch because they are so light that wind blows them away if they are outside and there is no way to secure them to my sculptures.
WHAT I THINK
I like the green because it is very natural but I do not think that the balls look real because there are no different shades like you would have from real life leaves. The leaves are packed close and they are shaped to be different sizes and shapes so that looks natural and unless you get very close you cannot see that it is made out of plastic.
I bought these last year and they do not look old even though I always forget to clean them. The balls get dusty and when I see that I shake them but they can be washed by the hand in hot water and I have done that when my husband sprayed them with artificial snow at Christmas. I hung them on the washing line to dry and they were clean with no marks or dull parts when I took them back into the porch.
The balls come in packs of 2 and I think that is right because they are something that look best when they are used together symmetrical on either side of a door or a gate. I would like it if Argos made some in black and silver for Christmas but my husband does not like my idea and says that the appeal of these is that they look natural and not fake like a black one would.
A pack of 2 of these balls costs £19.99 and I think that is expensive because they do not do anything except to look nice. I do not think I paid so much last year.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Out side our front door this time of year I have two hanging baskets full of real flowers that look lovely and make a rather dull area a bit more attractive but during the winter months when these dye off it looks rather bare having two empty hooks there so when I saw these in the local Argos clearance store I thought they look perfect to be my winter replacement for the hanging baskets so brought them last September.
They are really nice looking and unless you actually touch them you would never realise that they were not real. I put them up at the end of October last year and they looked fantastic, I didn't have to worry about watering them or prooning them which is great for me as I don't have a lot of spare time on my hands.
I have brought artificial garden arrangements in the past and after doing one season they have faded and look really drab so I was only expecting to get the winter out of these before throwing them away but when I came to put my hanging baskets there this summer they were still perfect despite the really harsh winter we have had this year, they have not rusted or faded in any way and still look as good as new so I have moved them to the side of the house for summer.
I would recommend these to anyone looking to add a bit of greenery to an area that is hastle free as you simply put these up and forget about them unlike real plants.
When my parents bought the house we're living in right now, the previous owners left the hanging baskets at the front door. The previous owners used real plants, and since we were busy with moving all our things into the new home, we neglected the hanging baskets and it was bare with no plants left by the time we noticed it. Even though we love gardening and looking after plants, my parents are busy with work and I am busy with university and we hardly have time to look after real plants. So I suggested using artificial plant to make the entrance looks nice and add a touch of green to come home to.
We saw these Argos Artificial Topiary Balls in the catalogue. They are retailed for £ 19.99 for a pack two. Since they are artificial, my parents were a bit hesitant to pay that much for it but, due to my persuasion and the promise that I will sort it out, we ended up buying them. Each ball is 30 cm in diameter so it looks a lot bigger when I opened the pack compared to the picture in the catalogue. Each ball comes with a metal chain of a little over a feet long for easy hanging.
First impressions were that these topiary balls look pretty nice. The leaves spacing is quite dense so you can hardly see where they are attached to the support inside. They don't have that cheap plastic-like look, so it is a plus for me. The green is quite dark and has the hydrated look, which adds to the look of realism. They are easy to hang and stays on; however, in certain days with strong winds, they might rattle a little bit but the topiary balls won't go off flying or anything.
These Argos Artificial Topiary Balls on their own would make a nice accessory on the front door or in the garden. However, I do enjoy modifying and accessorising these balls with artificial flowers and butterflies. During winter, I sometimes put up fairy lights wrapped around the topiary balls for some festive fun as well.
We have these Argos Artificial Topiary Balls hanging by the front door for more than 10 months now and the chains are looking a bit rusty. The cold weather and strong rain doesn't help. However, we had some leftover paint and my dad painted these chain white to freshen the look and it worked quite well. The ball left exposed to sunlight is getting slightly faded in colour but strategic placement of artificial flowers and butterflies hide the colour fading.
Overall, they are a nice accessory to get a welcoming front to any house or a garden. I reckon these would be to be replaced after 2 years or less. They are not the cheapest so I might try and look for something at a lower price elsewhere. I do enjoy having something green that is low maintenance for the house.
I'm not a big fan of gardening, but I do like it to look nice and presentable, especially the front garden as that's the one everyone sees on their way past! I always used to do a hanging basket for the front garden in the Summer, partly because when we moved in there was a hanging basket bracket on the wall and it looked a bit bare without anything on. The hanging basket however got a bit of a pain to do with the changeable weather - no sooner than it was up, the plants would have died off. I also used to forget to water it daily and therefore had to rely on the rain - it either ended up saturated or left for a few days with no water (which was rare!).
This is when I turned to looking at artificial options - the main reason being that they had zero maintenance and as soon as they were up could just be left to themselves. There was no chance of them dying off and it was one less thing to think about.
I have seen many versions of these topiary balls in garden centres and in supermarkets, all ranging massively in price. Even the supermarket ones though didn't seem exceptionally cheap like I expected. The one thing I decided very early on was that I wasn't spending a massive amount of money, just incase I decided to do a hanging basket again as they'd be more colourful. I was on the Argos website one day when I came across these, a 2 pack of topiary balls for £19.99 and they came with very positive reviews on the website itself. At £10 per topiary ball, I thought I couldn't really go wrong! So, I reserved and collected at our nearest store.
They come in quite a large box really, bigger than I expected although each ball measures 30cm in diameter so I suppose it has to be fairly big to fit two of them in. It was still very easy to fit into my small(ish) car though so it's by no means difficult to transport. The website stated that each ball would come in half and need to be joined together by a screw but the reason the box was big was because they were actually fully joined already so no work for me to do. I'm not sure whether this means that the site was incorrect, these are a newer design or I've just ended up with ones that have been returned to the shop after someone changed their mind, I assume they are now just a newer design.
The topiary balls each come with a metal chain that has a large hook on the end so that they can easily be hung onto a hanging basket bracket. I'd say that the chain is around 30cm long, similar to the diameter of the balls themselves. The chain isn't like a normal hanging basket one with three linking together at the top, these just have 1 chain up from the ball to the hook, but as they are artificial I don't see this as a problem - it's not like I have to move them around to water them! I have noticed that after 3 months of owning these, the chain has started to rust, especially towards the top and that's the only real shame as I would have thought that they would have been made of more robust stuff with them living outside. The topiary balls themselves have kept very well and all sorts of weather (including lots of snow) haven't affected their look at all.
They are a very rich green in colour - I was surprised as I was expecting for their price for the green colour to be a lot lighter and for them to look very plastic and a bit cheap looking. I honestly don't think these do though. I think most people would be able to tell that they aren't real but I think this is true of most artificial topiary items as they look so perfect in their shape. The thing I really like these is the fact that the little pieces of the artificial plant are all quite close together. I've seen many of them before in garden centres at high prices where the ball is so easy to see through as the pieces of the plant are so far apart. These are quite hard to see through and look much fuller. These topiary balls are quite basic in design as they have no flower heads mixed into their leaves, they are just one dark green colour but that is the design that I prefer personally anyway. The description on the Argos website calls them 'grass' balls but I would say that the leaves look more like those you'd see on a privet hedge.
I would certainly recommend these, as long as there is a use for an even number of them. As far as I know, Argos only sell these in the packs of two. I luckily had another hanging basket bracket spare so we now have the two hanging outside but round the back we only have the one bracket and although I think they're great, I am reluctant to purchase these again for there as I only have use for one of them and the other would go to waste.
For £19.99, they are excellent quality and a great addition to the garden. I'd definitely recommend these to people like me that haven't got lots of time to spend in the garden. I give them 4 stars in the end, with just the chain letting them down slightly.
Thanks for reading :o)