Classical Topiary

CLASSICAL STYLED GARDEN TOPIARY

Some of the most effective and popular types of topiary are what I call classical topiary. This style of topiary is based around simpler geometric shapes such as balls, cones, standards etc. This style works exceptionally well framing views or highlighting entranceways due to the symmetry of the topiary.

Some of the styles of topiary out there include:

STANDARD TOPIARY
PYRAMID TOPIARY
BALL TOPIARY
SPIRAL TOPIARY

Caring and Maintaining Topiary

Here are some basic pointers for maintaining a good looking topiary as well as any other containered plants you might have:

– Make sure you keep your topiary well watered. If it dries out too much your soil mix  will lose the ability to hold water. If this does happen, you can often save the soil by purchasing a wetting agent (available at garden centers) and applying it to the soil mix.

– But be careful not to over water your topiary. A good guide for working out how moist  your soil mix is is scrape down an inch or so below the top of the soil mix and then rub some soil mix between your fingers. If soil sticks to your fingers there is sufficient moisture in the soil.

– At the beginning of spring an application of fertilizer does wonders for your topiary. Before applying fertilizer make sure the fertilizer you use is matched to the plant. Your local garden centre should be able to help you with this.

– Regular trimming is important if you want to keep your topiaries in shape. You can trim any excess long growth with garden shears.

– In areas where snow is likely, wind twine or netting around bushes to prevent the extra weight of snow and ice from separating or breaking branches. Regularly shake snow from any flat surfaces before permanent damage is done.