Practicality Brown has extensive experience of supplying and planting large horticulture products, such as topiary which can add form and structure to gardens, making beautiful focal points. We are happy to give our advice for your garden project.
Topiary is the art of training plants (typically evergreen shrubs and trees) into intricate or stylized shapes and forms, which can be the culmination of years of work. Plants trained in this way will require regular maintenance to maintain the form and structure with topiary shears or hedge-cutters; suckers and unwanted branches can also be removed. The term may also be used more loosely to describe a number of garden features that rely on the close clipping and shaping of plants, including:
- Parterre: A style of hedging associated with lavish Italian renaissance gardens with beautifully ornate clipped box hedges swirling around them in mirrored patterns or geometric designs.
- Mazes and labyrinths: The Normans introduced pleasure gardens with mazes and labyrinths formed from clipped plants; there are some modern examples in private and public gardens today.
- Knot gardens: Formed from different coloured box planted in crisscrossing patterns so that it appeared that the ribbons of hedges had been tied up in knots, these became popular in Tudor times.
- Cloud Trees: This is a Japanese method of training trees and shrubs into shapes resembling clouds.
Evergreens are usually preferred, as they enable the design to remain a permanent feature throughout the seasons. Typically box (Buxus sempervirens) and yew (Taxus baccata) are used; however other evergreens such as privet (Ligustrum japonicum), holly (Ilex) and Lonicera nitida can be used.
In general, the more complex the topiary, the longer it will have taken to create and consequently be more expensive. See our gallery for examples of topiary specimens available and checkout our topiary factsheet and projects pages for more details and examples. Call us on 01753 652022 to discuss your requirements, or to make an appointment to view examples at our nursery in Iver, Bucks.