Create a Simple Topiary
Topiary lends structure and formality to any planting design and makes a useful focal point. All you need to bring an overgrown specimen back into shape, or to make a cone from scratch, are some basic tools, patience and a good eye.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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When to Start: Early summer
At Its Best: All year round
Time to Complete: 1 hour
- 1 boxwood plant (Buxus sempervirens)
- household disinfectant
- sharp, long-handled shears
Select a Healthy Plant
When choosing a specimen to clip into topiary, look for one with dense, healthy growth, unblemished foliage and a strong leading stem in the center.
Start to Trim by Eye
Looking down on the plant, locate the central stem, which will form the top of the cone. With shears, trim around the stem to create the outline.
Keep Moving Around the Plant
Don't trim the topiary in "sides" — you risk overclipping one area. Continually move around the plant, regularly taking a step back to look at the overall shape.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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