I have to give my husband most of the credit for this. It was his idea. I don’t know if I would have even thought of putting up a faux boxwood hedge wall on my own. When we started our patio renovation I didn’t think much of this fence. It’s our neighbor’s fence so we couldn’t really do anything to it. Once the patio started coming together, I quickly realized that it just wasn’t going to work for the vibe we had going on.
Since we couldn’t paint our side of the fence black like we had painted the rest of our fence (we asked our neighbor, she said no), we were trying to think up other solutions when my husband mentioned a faux boxwood hedge wall. I have no idea where he got the idea but he’s amazing at home projects.
I got on Amazon to start looking for faux boxwoods and I ended up going with these faux boxwood hedge mats. They are 20″x20″ and they come in a 12 pack so we figured out that we needed 5 boxes which was about $500. Not as cheap as paint, but I loved the idea of bringing more green into the patio, and having it be something I couldn’t kill like any other plant.
I took the plunge and bought the mats and just crossed my fingers hoping the quality was good and that they would look good in person — not too fake. Luckily, they are great! Of course up close you can tell they are fake, but a step back, it looks amazing. Even up close I think they look great.
So how in the world were we going to get these 20-inch square mats up on this fence?
We figured some sort of chicken wire situation would be the easiest to maneuver and for attaching the boxwoods with zip ties (the zip ties come with the boxwoods). We went to the hardware store and got some heavy duty wire that just happened to be the exact height of the fence, and some supportive posts that my husband drove into the ground.
Our boxwood hedge wall is up against a fence which I recommend if possible to keep it stable. You could screw the posts into the fence if you can for more stability. Regular chicken wire probably wouldn’t be able to hold a lot of these squares without a strong support in the back.
Once my husband got the support beams in, we unrolled the wire and very tightly zip tied it to the posts which had holds and hooks on them, and you can see on the bottom of the posts there are little metal things sticking out that you can put your foot on to help drive them deep into the ground. Once the wire was up it was all me to attached the squares!
I started at the top left corner. I clipped some of the squares up just to see how it would look and where I’d need to cut some of them. Vertically I used 3 full 20″ squares and then I cut the bottom squares to exactly hit the ground. Once I got the first vertical row up and cut the bottom square to fit, I had the scrap from that square to use as a template to cut the other squares for the bottom horizontal row and didn’t have to measure each time.
The way I put this up is not the same as the way you should probably do it, it really just depends on your situation. Since we had already put up the wire (because my husband was going out of town and I needed him to do that part before he left) I had to attach the squares to the wire that was already up against the fence after he left.
You can see in the photo above that the boxwood squares have a plastic backing that is basically a grid. All of the little faux boxwood pieces attach to the grid and you can cut the grid to fit whatever space you choose. It also has little pin and hole locks, so you could easily flip all of these squares over and attach them together with the pin and holes and have one large rectangle or square and then attach the larger piece to some sort of wire frame, or even just use a staple gun depending on what you are attaching it to.
Since I had the wire up and no way to get behind it, I couldn’t lock all the pieces together and then hang it and secure it with zip ties and staple guns all at once, but that would have probably been easier depending on the size of the space, you could attach the squares together with the pin and holes on the ground, then attach the wire to the back while it’s still on the ground, and then hang up the wire or attach it to something when it’s all together. You might need another set of hands — someone to help you lift it up and attach it to whatever you are hanging it on or leaning it against, that just wasn’t the situation I was in so I couldn’t do it that way. I did it a harder way, but it might be the only way you can do it depending on your own situation.
I attached the top horizontal row of squares to the wire with zip ties — but just the top edge of the square, that way I could hold up the boxwood square below it to get it in place, and lift up the top square to secure the square below it more easily to the wire with zip ties without the top one in the way. Once I had the top edge of the 4 boxwood squares (the bottom one was already cut to fit) in the vertical row attached to the wire, then I would attach the rest of the square around the other edges with the zip ties. I would usually use a few zip ties on each side of each square, one in the corners, and sometimes one in the middle if I thought it needed it.
Honestly it’s really not that hard, you can figure out how it’s easiest for you depending on your space situation. If it’s a big space, you will definitely need something supportive to hold it up.
It probably took me anywhere from 4-5 hours to complete the entire wall. I was just leisurely working on it listening to music, wasn’t trying to move to quickly.
We absolutely love the green color and texture it brings to our patio. It makes our patio feel like a hotel!
Overall, it was pretty easy, cost a little over $500 for the amount of faux boxwoods we needed, plus the wire and support beams. It really changed the feel of our patio from nice and modern to modern luxury. The vibe is just so much more elevated now.
So far, it’s held up to the weather really well!
You can find links to all the furniture and more photos of the patio in this post!
Top and bottom two photos by Luke Wright, other photos by Meg Biram