Topiary is a style of gardening that has been seen all over Europe for hundreds of years. You can even trace its origins right back to Roman times. It is an incredibly versatile form of garden design and can inspire even the least experienced gardener into creating a piece of living architecture. You will often see spectacular examples of topiary plants in the formal gardens surrounding large country houses such as those owned by the National Trust or English Heritage. However, topiaries are becoming a fairly common sight in smaller, domestic gardens all over the United Kingdom. This is probably because it is not difficult to find topiary plants for sale in garden centres as well as online specialists in this kind of horticulture.
Another ancient form of landscape gardening that will almost certainly incorporate topiaries is the knot garden. This style of gardening dates all the way back to Tudor and Stuart times in England. Topiary plants in gardens became very popular in the country during this period with spiral and other ornate shapes appearing in gardens everywhere. The knot garden was formed from different coloured box plants placed in crisscrossing patterns so that it appeared that the ribbons of hedges had been tied up in knots. But of course topiary plants, along with countless other designs, can be found in a multitude of locations. It doesn't matter if it is a grand country house or a small suburban semi. There will always be room for a clipped masterpiece.
Topiaries will certainly be found at such a property if they have a parterre garden. This will be in the Italian renaissance style and will almost certainly have large, beautifully manicured topiary plants growing around statues. These would then have beautifully ornate clipped box hedges swirling around them in mirrored patterns or geometric designs. Another likely location for topiary plants is in the maze or labyrinth this being a popular feature at such properties especially for children. The bulk box hedges here are carefully trimmed to create a wall effect all the way through but this might be punctuated with a variety of topiary plants here and there. These will most certainly add extra interest to the adventure.
Successful growing is often dependent on your choice of topiary plant and how diligent you are at looking after them once growing is under way. Traditional topiary plants for sale are evergreens which, of course, should give you a permanent growing feature throughout the seasons. The most popular choice is the box (Buxus sempervirens) followed by the yew (Taxus baccata). However other evergreens such as privet (Ligustrum japonicum) and holly (Ilex) can be successfully trained as topiaries for any location.
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