Read about the making of Topiaries. Here are some
tips on the outdoor topiary care.
Topiaries are basically the decorative shapes in
garden made by clipping or trimming shrubs. They are a common feature in
most of the gardens now. These topiaries add interesting touch to the
garden. One can design different topiaries based on various themes in
the garden-be it geometrical shapes, stars, animal shapes or any such
shape. The word Topiary is basically derived from a Latin word which is
used for an ornamental landscape gardener. Given here are the basic
steps of making your own topiaries. Also, given here are tips for
maintaining your wonderful Topiary.
Basic Ways Of Making your own Topiary
- There are several plants which you can use for making Topiaries.
Few of them are herb rosemary, hollies, ivies, boxwood, lantana,
fuchsia, and hydrangeas.
- Incase you are planning to make topiary the basic things you will
need are- a plant of your choice, peat and perlite, pruning shears,
staking ties and fertilizers.
- First of all plant a rooted cutting in 50-50 mixture of peat and
- Now relocate it to a 3-1/2-inch pot with the help of sterilized
potting soil when it gets completely rooted. You can crop its shoots
from the sides to encourage a vertical direction growth.
- Now stake your plant closely with ties. Allow it grow in a sunny
pot with plenty of watering for about two months.
- Make sure you start properly trimming it when it grows 2 feet
tall. You should trim off its primary vertical shoot first of all.
- After the upward and side growth is controlled, cut out the
bottom two-thirds of the plant of all its shoots, leaving only the
top one-third and its branches that would be used for shaping.
- Now at this stage loosen its ties to allow its diametrical
growth. Now make sure to turn the plant weekly.
- Keep pinching it off on a regular basis to give it a bushy
- You should repot or trim its root if it shows tendencies of
- Keep in concern that you provide moist soil to the topiary
plants. In case you have selected plants like Ivy, boxwood and
evergreens they will soon start turning brown if you do not irrigate
- Try to avoid over watering of the plants. Avoid placing the pots
in water because they will cause the rottening of the roots. Though
you can put the pot in the saucer with gravel in it and keep the
root upward to avoid its direct contact with water.
- Incase there is a problem of drying out, you can try soaking the
pot partially simply to moisturize the soil.
- In order to avoid weeds and insects and give it generous
greenery, use fertilizer and insecticide in small quantity and
during the springtime. Also make sure that you avoid excessive use
- Regular trimming is mandatory if you want to keep your topiaries
in shape. You can trim its long growth with bypass prunes.
- You can also do an arrangement to keep the weak stems in shape if
possible by tying. You can also tuck in the stretched branches and
weak stems of the plant.
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