Can I recommend topiary for your garden.
Clipped shrubs and trees will add shape and texture to any garden, whatever its’ size or style, and they make a good contrast with other plants, especially ones with a loose, fluffy appearance.
I’ve always had topiary in our garden, usually in the form of clipped balls of box, though a tall, Yew column with a flat top featured in the last garden.
The new garden has a candidate that looks ready for something a bit more creative.
I’ve been mulling over what shape to have, it’ll be something nice and simple, nothing too adventurous.
A formal National Trust garden, like Cliveden, is a good place for topiary ideas and inspiration, spirals and peacocks are everywhere.
but there’s some simple shapes too, a good one for a first attempt.
Not exactly topiary, but a hedge around the base of a statue always looks good, it sort of anchors it into the ground.
If you fancy having a go at trimming an evergreen shrub in your garden, you’ll need a sharp pair of shears and chose an overcast day, sunshine makes the cut edges of the leaves go brown.
Step back and walk round the shrub as you’re clipping to get a good overall view to help keep it all even.
The amount of work any topiary needs to keep it looking smart and crisp, depends on the type of shrub that’s used. Privet needs trimming every couple of weeks in the summer, Box (Buxus) less so and Yew needs the least amount of work.
I’ll keep you posted about what shape I eventually choose.
Find out more about Cliveden here a couple of my favourite books about topiary are The Art of Creative Pruning by Jake Hobson you can buy it here and The Garden at Highgrove, which has lots of examples in it, you can buy it here
Happy gardening, Jill