Totally topiary…

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Topairy’s like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I’m of the opinion that there’s place for a few balls in most gardens, not to mention cones, boxes and rectangles…..

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There’s something about the smoothness and solidity of clipped evergreens nestling in amongst softer, frothy planting that really works. So it’s around about this time of year that I like to take a pair of shears to my favourite pieces and get them back in shape. Here’s a group of ‘Mound Monsters’ I’ve been working on over the last few years…

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Box is the obvious choice for topiary because it’s growth rate is uniform and not too fast. I also like the tiny-leaved evergreen Lonicera nitida – a native hedging plant – although it grows quite fast, it clips well into tight shapes.

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Bay (laurus nobilis) also works well for a slightly looser, mediterranean look. English Yew (taxus bacatta) and Ilex crenata are also great choices, if a little pricey.

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Brian the Snail is a step too far, though. That’s what happens when you give free rein to the man who does the hedges (George, that’s you I’m talking about….)

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