Topiary is a living green art form. This evergreen structure is typically made from Box, Yew, Ilex and Conifers which keep their shape well. They provide excellent winter interest with a strong structure of crisp clear lines and a focal point for the visitor’s eye. If snowfall is heavy gently knock it off the branches to prevent them being damaged by the weight of the snow. They will need an annual trim to maintain their creative shape and they can be trained into any form to resemble almost anything from a boat to an eagle! The only downfall is these topiary structures can take many years to grow until the desired shape is achieved. Often started using a wire or  bamboo frame to help get proportions and dimensions correct. As a grower you must remember that these plants are living and will require feeding and watering just like the other plants in your garden. Play with your imagination to create topiary balls, cones, spirals or lollipops for striking evergreen focal points or if you feel brave try to create your own shapes especially animals which often bring a touch of whimsy to the landscape.




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Kirsty Wilson

Horticulture is my inspiration! I am the Herbaceous Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photographer, Award winning Garden Designer, BBC Beechgrove Garden Television Presenter & BBC Radio 4 GQT Panellist. I want to inspire people to grow plants, connect with nature and have a positive impact on the world.

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