How to Grow Topiary
“How to do Topiary: A beginner’s guide”
It tells the beginner and enthusiastic gardener how to create topiary from scratch or from specimens bought at a garden centre.
Covers topiary made from different types of trees and bushes as well as Moss Topiary where plants are moulded around a medium.
Shows you the best trees and bushes to buy, when to clip or form them and what time of year is best to do the work.
Discusses the freeform art of topiary as well as that of using preformed frames and even gives you a list ofmajor gardens throughout the world to give you some inspiration.
Only GBP 2.21 (inclusive of VAT)
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Published in 2012. Only GBP 2.21
1. If you do not have any, first go out and buy some patience. (Topiary isn’t fast).
1a. Don’t forget that Yew trees can live to
a thousand years old. You can’t!
2.Select the Right Tree or Plant.
All plants can be cut or shaped but many can be killed in this way! Yew
(Taxus Baccata) and the various forms of Box (Buxus Sempervirens) are
the king and queen of topiary plants but there are many others.
3. When planting a hedge or specimen,
smaller sized plants are best as they will acclimatise to local conditions quicker and often outgrow their bigger friends in the first year or so.
4. What Will Be the Finished Shape?
All topiarists have some plan in mind for particular specimens, however
it is not uncommon for finished shapes to suggest themselves over the
years by the tree or bush at hand. All plants, like all humans, grow differently!
5. Geometry or Whimsy?
Well it’s a matter of personal taste if you want an eight foot Mickey Mouse in your garden, or a steam locomotive, as someone in the Bristol Area has. Geometric shapes are, however, more traditional and if you give some thought to the overall plan or design of your garden then you will find well placed geometrical shapes are a positive joy in this unbalanced world.
6. To Feed or Not to Feed?
Probably, especially those in pots. A liquid seaweed fertiliser is best as nutrient can be taken up through the foliage as well as through the roots. Don’t overdo it though. Remember the last time you drank eight pints? Mature specimens, such as at Levens, don’t need individual attention but will benefit from any fertilising or mulching which is applied to surrounding flower beds.
The United Kingdom too small for you? Topiary Today covers the rest of the world including some of those fantastic Italian gardens.