GardenSMART Newsletter Signup
 
Visit our Sponsors!
Visit our Sponsors and win.
Topiaries

THE ART OF TOPIARY

Topiaries have been in existence since Romans wore togas. They are ornamental figures made in several different ways, using plants and natural material. Most often, topiaries involve shaping with nippers and clippers. Wire forms facilitate the process. Whimsical animals and formal clipped evergreens all fit into the topiary theme.

You don't have to be a 'Pearl Fryar,' the famous topiary artist whose garden, in Bishopville, South Carolina, is filled with unusual living sculptures. Simple topiaries, easily constructed, can add sculpture to your own garden.

Some are uncomplicated outlines, which can be placed above foliage in a pot. Others are wire forms filled with sphagnum moss. These creations are most often animals and can even be left in their natural state.

With not much more effort, planting holes can be made in a mossy topiary. Then fill the holes with succulents. Using different leaf shapes and textures gives the sculpture interest.

When the figure gets shaggy or overgrown, just give it a haircut by trimming back the succulents. Start at the base and work upwards on the form.

One of the easiest to fashion is probably the wreath. There are no forms to buy, just bend a coat hangar into a round shape, straighten the hook to make a stake, push it into the center of the pot holding the plant, and wrap potted ivy or potted rosemary around it. Hold the plant in place with monofilament line.

For a more unusual wreath, purchase a living wreath kit and plant it with succulents. Hang it on a wall or use it around the base of a floral arrangement.

Many topiaries consist of balls perched atop long stems. These tree-like forms are referred to as 'Standards.' Shrubbery or tall annual or perennial flowers lend themselves to this kind of trimming. Roses, Rosemary, Culinary Bay, Lantana, and Sun Coleus are examples of perennial and annual plant material that can be trained in this manner.

Since men really love to wield those pruners, a Father's Day gift of topiary might just feed a pruning habit. The bonus might be that your prized boxwood hedge won't become meatballs.

---Anne K Moore June 12, 2009---


All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

Article URL:
http://www.GardenSMART.com/?p=articles&title=Topiaries


Back to Articles List                               

   
 
FEATURED ARTICLE
GardenSMART Featured Article

By Natalie Carmolli, Proven Winners ColorChoice, Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners

There are few things more satisfying than seeing your beautiful garden in full bloom...and it's especially thrilling to see it abuzz with the activity of butterflies and bees. Want to bring more activity to your garden? Here's a guide to choosing unique, colorful, easy-care plants that provide a much-needed place for pollinators of all sizes to do their work. Read more...


Jump into Spring with savings up to $2200 on this Exclusive Cruise of the Rivers of Holland & Belgium with Eric Johnson Host of GardenSMART from PBS

Sail right into the pages of a storybook on our European garden tour through Holland and Belgium.

MAY 6-16, 2018

As low as $3799 per person/do, Price includes airfare from New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago. CALL FOR OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT THE USA

> Click Here For Details <

Watch filming and be part of the fun, telling your favorite...and not so favorite Dirty Tales. 2 Nights Amsterdam & 7 Nights River. Visit Amsterdam, Holland, Belgium, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Bruges, Keukenhof Gardens, Rotterdam and More!

This Exclusive, Five-Star, Cruise & Garden Tours Vacation Includes:

  • 2 nights in Amsterdam including gorgeous hotel, wonderful tours and daily breakfast
  • 7 nights on the new, flagship Amadeus Silver III river cruise ship Incredible excursions in Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and Utrecht
  • All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Transfers and luggage handling in Amsterdam
  • Hosted by Eric Johnson of PBS' GardenSMART
  • Fully narrated so you won't miss a thing!

Reserve space now by calling toll-free 206-935-6848 or make a reservation here.


 
   
  Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!  
   
   
   
 
   
Copyright © 1998-2012 GSPC. All Rights Reserved.