How to Grow Your Own Topiary

Topiaries are plants that have been pruned and trained to into distinct decorative shapes. They’re basically slow-growing artistic masterpieces. Whether you grow them geometrically or fanciful like spirals, spheres or even elephants, the options are endless.
Topiaries can be grown from vines or shrubs, and even some . The amount of it takes to grow a topiary will depend on the topiary’s size and the number of plants you use. Most gardeners use a topiary frame or form to get the look they desire. Visit your local garden center to find out more about the best plants for your topiary.
Topiaries with vining plants
When using vining plants, you’ll need to get a topiary form to encourage the to grow in the shape you’ve chosen. English ivy, Boston ivy and are popular choices for vining topiaries. To start, fill the form with sphagnum moss to create a full look. Then, plant the around the form, allowing the vines to grow upward. You may need several plants to achieve a full look. As the vines grow, train them by wrapping and attaching them around the form with plant ties or wires and regularly.
Topiaries with
Start small when making a topiary. Choose a variety such as holly, boxwood or laurel. Look for dwarf varieties that will stay compact and won’t need much pruning. If you’re looking to create a pyramid or geometrical shape, select shrubs with tall growth habits such as yews or hollies. For statuesque spirals and cones, choose arborvitae. Beginners will want to use topiary frames to sculpt their designs, which will also help when deciding what needs to be pruned. To train and prune your topiary, you’ll need a clear vision of how you want the topiary to look. Pruning encourages new and bushier growth, but don’t cut off more than 3 inches in the areas you want to trim back.
Fertilizing topiaries
Help topiaries reach their full potential as quickly as they can by using Espoma’s Bio-tone Starter Plus when planting. Follow-up with Espoma’s Grow! liquid fertilizer. Grow! encourages growth and deep green foliage that will surely delight. For acid-loving plants like hollies, use Holly-tone for best results.
Remember that topiaries take time and so be patient. Your time, maintenance and patience will pay off!

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