Container Topiary

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New Holland Publishers, Mar 3, 2009 - Gardening - 96 pages
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It is becoming increasingly popular to enhance the garden and to create the idea of an outdoor room. Using topiary is a way of enlivening the garden with living ornaments, whether in a large or small garden, on a patio or terrace, or even a balcony or window ledge. Container gardening is an ever-popular subject and this exciting new book shows you how to combine the two to create stunning topiary in containers. Topiary, the art of shaping trees and shrubs into geometric designs, has traditionally been a feature of classical gardens and was once considered suitable only for formal gardens. Container Topiary brings the subject thoroughly up to date with modern, urban spaces in mind and is both a practical and inspirational gardening book. With over 16 step-by-step projects, it describes how to grow and shape topiary for containers in a variety of styles, from the simple box balls and pyramids to more elaborate shapes. Aimed at gardeners with little experience, it covers the basics of cultivating, pruning and training plants. As well as the traditional box (buxus), there are also faux topiary projects using fast-growing ivy and even flowers. With advice on displaying topiary and a omprehensive directory of plants, this stunning book, with over 100 specially commissioned photographs, is sure to inspire both novice and experienced gardener alike.
 

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Contents

Introduction
6
TOPIARY TECHNIQUES
13
Container shapes and sizes
14
Decorating containers
16
Topiary frames
18
Basic cultivation
21
SIMPLE SHAPES
25
Simple topiary cube
29
Foliage standards
54
Grafted standards
57
QUICK TOPIARY
59
False topiary globe
62
False topiary pyramid
65
False topiary spiral
66
Flower pyramid
69
Topiary chair
73

Simple topiary pyramid
30
Simple topiary balls
32
FANCY SHAPES
35
Topiary spirals
39
Topiary pompoms
41
Animal shapes
42
Topiary heart
46
TOPIARY STANDARDS
49
Flowering standards
53
DISPLAYING TOPIARY
76
Framing a view
79
Doorways
80
Balconies
82
Windowsills
84
DIRECTORY OF PLANTS
87
Glossary 94 Suppliers
94
Index 96 Acknowledgements
96
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Susan Berry is an experienced gardening writer and editor, specializing in container and small-space gardening. Her previous books include Container Gardening on Balconies and Terraces and Plants for Small Spaces. She has also written for BBC Gardener's World, Homes and Garden and the Sunday Express magazine. She lives in North London.

STEVEN WOOSTER combines a career in photography with that of book design, specializing in gardens and interiors. Steven was voted the Garden Writers' Guild 'Garden Features Photographer of the Year' in 2000.

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