Thursday, 5 August 2010


Topiary is the horticultural practice of graining of live perennial plants, by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, perhaps geometric or fanciful.


The word derives from the Latin word for ‘an ornamental landscape gardener’, topiarius, creator of topia or ‘places’.


The plants used in topiary are evergreen, mostly woody, have small leaves or neddles, produce dense foliage, and have compact and columnar growth habits. Common species choices used include box ( Buxus sempervirens ), arborvitae ( Thuja sp ), bay laurel ( Laurus nobilis ), holly ( Ilex sp ), myrtle ( Eugenia or Myrtus ), yew ( Taxus sp ) and privet ( Ligustrum sp )

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