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Topiary is a form of training and pruning trees and shrubs to create attractive, boldly artificial shape, topiary is a garden art that has been popular since Roman times. Traditionally used to produce strongly architectural and geometric shapes in formal gardens, it has been developed to include spirals, cones, birds, animals, giant chess pieces and even trains!

Different styles of topiary may be used to create a variety of effects. Imaginative, living sculptures express personal style and add a humorous or bizarre touch. Using topiary for geometric shapes such as cones, obelisks, and columns provides a strong, structural element in a design. This type of topiary may be valuable both in formal gardens, perhaps to frame a vista or an avenue, and in informal gardens, as a contrasting foil for less structured planting. In some gardens, it may be appropriate to treat part of the hedge top as topiary, clipping it into birds, balls, spheres or cubes, for example. Topiary is also effective in garden pots and planters; use a single container plant as a centre, a pair to frame a doorway, or several to line a path. It can also be adopted to create eye-catching stem effects, such as twists and spirals, with one or more stem.

Cliping a Topiary Spiral

Plants to be used for topiary require dense, pliable growth, small leaves, and the ability to recover quickly from clipping. Evergreen such common box (Buxus sempervirens), privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), yew (Taxus baccata), Lonicera nitilda and Osmanthus delavayi are ideal in a temperate climate. Cupresses sempervirens can be trained to suit geometric designs, but only thrives in warmer climates. Bay (Laurus nobilis) is a favourite of as is holly (such as non-spinyclones of Ilex x altaclerensis). Other evergreens can be used but are more difficult to train. Ivies (such as Hedera helix 'Ivalace') are very adaptable and may easily be trained to grow up a frame; alternatively, several cuttings can be taken from an existing plant to grow up a moss-padded structure.