|PLEACHING A TINY HEDGE OF PINK-FLOWERED ROSEMARY, MAKES AN INTERESTING DESIGN ELEMENT FOR A DECK OR TERRACE|
|THE TWO LARGE TOPIARY TREES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE GREENHOUSE ARE BAY LAUREL TREES, AND THE TWO SMALLER TOPIARY TREES ARE A ROSEMARY ON THE LEFT, AND A WESTRINGIA ROSEMARIFOLIA ON THE RIGHT.|
|THESE SMALL ROSEMARY TREES ARE IN NEED FOR A TRIM, IN FACT, A TIGHT TRIM ALMOST BACK TO THE MAIN STEM. WHY? BECAUSE A DENSE INTERIOR BRANCHING WILL GIVE YOU A TOPIARY THAT IS MORE FULL, AND LESS LIKELY TO SPLIT.|
|A FULL GROWN ROSEMARY TOPIARY, HERE, A WHITE FLOWERED FORM IN A TALL CONTAINER THAT I KEEP ON THE WALK. THIS IS ONE OF A PAIR, AND IT WAS STARTED FROM A CUTTING THAT I TOOK TWO YEARS AGO.|
|This more unusual plant, a Dyschoriste hygrophylodes will make a very interesting topiary subject, because it will have violet blossoms like purple petunias.|
Many plants can be topiary, even a woody citrus like this Indian Kumquat, Citrofortunella x
A woody fuchsia can make a beautiful standard topiary ( a standard, is simply a single cane, with a single globe on top - the easiest form to train). It will take two years to train a standard fuchsia, and you can train either an upright form, or a hanging form. Frequent pinching is key to achieve a dense head at top.