Topiary, the practice of clipping plants into different shapes, has been done since Roman times. It can bring structure and formality to a garden or a sense of fantasy and magic. Plants in garden beds can be trimmed into interesting features or used to screen off or delineate different areas and potted plants can also be trained into beautiful shapes.
There are lots of wonderful plants that suit topiary, depending on the desired look, whether it be quite formal or more relaxed. Shrubs, trees and climbers can be used in topiary, including camellias, Australian native plants such as lilly pillies and westringia, climbers like ivy and star jasmine, and conifers. Japanese box (Buxus microphylla var. japonica) is one of the best plants for topiary. It’s an evergreen shrub with a compact habit and attractive bright green glossy foliage.
Choose the appropriate position for your topiary plant, whether that’s in a full sun or partly shaded spot.
The top topiary tips are: