Architects and designers are exploring the application and versatility of artificial mats to create memorable environments through the use of topiaries, hedges, privacy screens and stylish green walls. Our artificial mat products are available in a variety of textures and colors ranging from Boxwood, Azalea, Ivy, Juniper to Grass, and are designed for flat or contoured ceilings and walls, for both interior or exterior applications.
Packaged as a modular 12” x 12” tiles, our artificial mats are innovative products when considering that, for all intents and purposes, it is “plant wallpaper.” It is flexible enough for curved surfaces and can be cut to fit almost any space. To date it has been used on walls and ceilings and facades of many bars and restaurants. It has been tiled to serve as privacy hedges, has been shaped into hotel pool cabanas, has dressed up large commercial heating and air conditioner units, and more.
Our outdoor artificial mats come standard with UV resistance tested to have no color loss equivalent to a year’s worth of sun exposure, and is optionally manufactured with Commercial Silk Int’l signature Inherently Fire Retardant (IFR) foliage to pass muster with national and international fire codes. Our artificial mat products require no pruning, watering, fertilization or pest-control, so whether the application is for interior or exterior purposes, our artificial mat products are a versatile option for architects and designers alike.
You know you work for an decorative boxwood producer when you notice the background of a premiere party photo shoot before the, shall we say, somewhat hard to ignore figure standing in front of it.
That’s right, the backdrop material behind Paris Hilton for the premier party of “The World According to Paris” is none other than (drum role please): artificial boxwood! More...
Leading designers and architects are using boxwood for silk topiaries, privacy screens, and even animals to create memorable environments and solve design challenges. Silk Boxwood works well both indoors and outdoors and is available with fire retardant or UV resistant foliage.
Why Is Artificial Boxwood So Popular?
Boxwood foliage is horticulturally popular with many gardeners, landscapers and homeowners. Artificial Boxwood is ideal for interior landscapes, because of its minimal maintenance - artificial plants only need a yearly dusting, but do not require watering or trimming. Boxwood shrubs and bushes are popular because of their shaping, cutting and pruning abilities. Our artificial Boxwood topiaries can be shaped to any form. For example, we manufacture artificial Boxwood topiary animals, unique for each client; our spiral Boxwood topiary and Boxwood topiary balls are popular in formal decor, and our Boxwood privacy screens are a great visual screen to hide unsightly views. Boxwood topiaries and Boxwood hedges can theme landscapes, and our topiary forms include all sizes of Boxwood spirals, Boxwood shrubs, Boxwood balls, and Boxwood bushes.
The Boxwood leaf tapers from a round base: the very small and shiny leaves are leathery to the touch. Boxwood bushes and Boxwood hedges act as a privacy screen as our foliage is thick on every branch.
Boxwood is recognized under several names including box bush, English shrub, European Boxwood, common Boxwood and pale Boxwood. This slow growing evergreen was introduced to North America in the mid-1600s, and is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, Madagascar, and South and Central America with the majority of Boxwood species tropical or subtropical.
Recently featured in Hospitality Design Magazine is San Diego's wine parlor, Vine De Syrah. The magazine's article, Fantastic Voyage, illustrates how our artificial Boxwood mat became empirical to the design of the secret underground lounge, a design that Michael Soriano delightfully created with complete freedom.
The street level entrance adroit with graffiti demands an instant reaction, and the downward staircase leads patrons past a heat blasting condenser to the underground entrance, disguised with artificial Boxwood panels cladding the door. Soriano wanted to "...play into the whole psychological sense of going into a subterranean environment", and in fact he does while delighting and intensifying all senses. Once patrons figure out how to enter the wine lounge, they can step inside to this welcoming and comfortable childlike mirage, where more Boxwood panels suit up the walls and oversized decor furnishes the semi private lounges. An opulence of mirrors both overhead and on the walls create an illusiveness to the lounge, while feeling comfortably connected inside.
Domino Magazine recently featured a homeowner who used artificial Boxwood to create a hedge and provide a visual screen from an unsightly chain-link fence. The plastic Boxwood hedges were installed in decorative planter boxes that were staged alongside the fence. In addition to using fake Boxwood, the homeowner used live plants in the display in order to create the illusion that the hedge was real. The use of artificial Boxwood was a creative and affordable solution that created an intimate outdoor entertaining space for the homeowner and guests.