A Standard is defined as: a tree or shrub that is trained to have one central leader or stem and a rounded head of branches. Standards are trained as young plants; the central stem is braced against a stake, forcing it to grow straight and tall. Lower branches and shoots are removed and the remaining upper branches are sheared frequently, to shape and to encourage fullness.
There are many plants that lend themselves to being Topiary specimens. Essentially, it is more desirable that the plant is evergreen, that the leaves are fairly small and interesting, that it produces a seasonal flower and, most important, that it responds well to constant pruning.
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People imagine that the Art of Topiary is time-consuming and only for those who have that special artistic flair - but that is a myth! Once the shape has been formed initially, it is merely a question of giving it the odd haircut. It is a garden task that can be done with secateurs in one hand - whilst the other hand can hold a glass of chilled Chardonnay!
And as for that artistic flair, you never know until you try. Unleash that inner creativity and give it a go! You may be pleasantly surprised. And at the very worst, you can always let the plant re-grow, like a bad haircut!
The ubiquitous English Box is a versatile and rewarding plant that is easy to grow. The small, stiff, green leaves are perfect for trimming and shaping and always look good at any time of year. This 1 ball topiary specimen can be grown in a container or a special place in the garden. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
This is a top 10 shrub which not only looks good it tastes good as well! The leathery dark green foliage is highly aromatic and popular for cooking. This same foliage clips extremely well making the 'Bay' perfect for hedging and topiary work. Presented here as a standard. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Stdcm x cm
'Box Honeysuckle' - Bushy evergreen shrub with tiny oval deep green leaves. Small creamy white fragrant flowers in summer. Often used as a faster growing Box substitute. Ideal for topiary work and very effective for hedging. Fast growing and hardy. Presented here as a topiary ball.
You can grow your Lonicera topiary ball in the garden or a favourite container. Trim regularly to maintain the shape.
Colour: Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 3m
Lonicera Nitida Ball
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Container: 8l ?
Lonicera Nitida Ball
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Container: 2.5l ?
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Produces abundant quantities of large flat shaped fruit that are really juicy and sweet. The loose skin peels easily. Just delicious for a healthy instant snack in the winter. Reasonably cold tolerant. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Ripens June/July. Eveergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Native. A dwarf compact form of Pittosporum which has glossy foliage in tones of green and gold. Forms a natural rounded shape without the need for lots of trimming though it is quite happy to have a haircut. Suitable for container planting. Sun or part shade, hardy and evergreen.
Colour: Brown / Purple Habit: compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Native. You'll love this versatile little plant which forms a dense rounded ball of fresh green foliage that seldom needs clipping. Looks fabulous group planted or makes a natural topiary specimen for court-yard containers. Grows well in sun or part shade. PVR.
Pittorsporums love well drained fertile soil but are remarkably tolerant plants and will adapt to less than ideal conditions. They are hardy and generally healthy.
Colour: Brown / Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm