How to create your own topiary

Topiary never goes out of fashion, adding instant impact to any size of space. You can buy ready-grown and shaped topiary plants, but it’s also fun to shape your own garden feature.

Here are our top tips for topiary beginners:

What style of topiary: There are different kinds of topiary you can attempt depending on the result you want. You can buy a plant and grow and simply shape it yourself freehand, or you can train a plant to grow through a specially-shaped frame, which is placed over the plant during its early growth. This is often easier if you’re a novice as you always have a handy guide for cutting.

Shape: Geometric shapes are the easiest to start with when you’re first trying topiary, like balls, cones and cubes.

Topiary balls in a row

Types of plants: The type of plant you choose is vital to topiary success. You must buy plants that are evergreen, and have thick, bushy growth. Best plants for topiary include Box, Yew and Privet. If you want a simple geometric shape, choose a plant that already has the type of growth you need. So short, wide plants for cubes and tall, upright growth for cones.

Patience: Creating your own topiary takes time and patience. It can take many months for your plant to mature and the branches to knit tightly together to become the living sculpture you want to see. Make sure you know how to maintain your plant for healthy growth – if you’re unsure about plant care, contact our friendly experts for advice and help.

Topiary garden

Cutting: If you’re using a frame, you can start to cut as soon as the growth begins to protrude through the frame. If you’re cutting freehand, you can start to trim when your plant is tall, thick and bushy enough to cut. If you’re worried about making a mistake freehand, use templates to guide you. Taut string can be used to ensure you get a straight line. Don’t cut too much off when you trim as this could kill off that part of the plant and ruin the final effect.

Tools: You don’t need fancy equipment to try topiary. You just need a good pair of topiary trimmers. We’re giving away two sets and two £25 vouchers to spend on your dream topiary plant as part of our #toptopiary month. Visit the Best4hedging Facebook page for more info.

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