Topiary & Plant Sculpture: A Beginner's Step-by-step Guide
Topiary is the art of clipping shrubs into ornamental forms. Almost any shape can be created - from birds to battleships. This is a complete guide for those new to topiary, with practical and easy-to-follow instruction on tools, design and preparation, training and pruning. It includes many ideas for archways, box hedges, cubes and pyramids, wall sculptures and a range of animals, and it also provides a listing of suitable shrubs. The illustrations include many step-by-step drawings.
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Making a Start
Growing in Containers
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2in 5cm Best in sun Bonsai branches Buxus carpet bed sculptures chalk cold frame conifers cordon Cotoneaster Crataegus cuttings in summer cuttings taken deciduous Description direct-planted dryish echeveria Escallonia espaliers evergreen evergreen shrub exposed gardens foliage frost fungicide Grow in containers grown growth HALF-HARDY PLANTS hardy herbaceous Ht and Sp indoors keep knot garden l2in late spring leaf leaves main stem mild areas moist mulch multi-stemmed outdoors Overwintering pinch and prune Piptanthus plant sculptures pleaching Propagation Take semi-ripe prune standards Pyracantha Rhoicissus rootball seed semi-ripe wood cuttings semi-shade shade shape sheltered spot shoots shorten back shrubs side-shoots slow-growing softwood soil-based potting compost spindle bush spray spring and summer stake standards and pyramids summer and root summer flowers Summer prune sunny Take semi-ripe wood topiary topiary hedging topiary standards Treatment Best trees and shrubs treillage variegated wall topiary wall-trained white summer winter wire young plants