Best Topiary Plants To Grow, Shape Your Garden

By | Last Updated On: January 19, 2021 @ 10:33 am

What is a garden? A place with a bunch of trees and plants? No, the garden is the place where we find peace, life, and happiness. Garden is the place where we can show our skills and artistic ability.

From various types of artistry like Bonsai, Zen gardening, Topiary we can do in the garden, topiary is the most beautiful and artistic one.

The topiary is like giving life to the living ones by giving them unique shapes and designs. The topiary is a unique form of gardening.

As it is unique, it needs something special. The topiary cannot be done with all types of plants or trees. As it doesn’t get its shape by itself and we have to give them the shape, it’s better to work with the bushy and shrubby plants.

To have a successful topiary, it is very important to choose the plants wisely. Is the plant choice is not ok then the topiary will not look good, and all the efforts of yours may go in vain.

So, the plant’s selection must have to be a combination of Dwarf trees, Shrubs, and herbs in a row.

Boxwood Shrubs

Of all topiary plants, these are the most famous. They are easy to grow and rough weather tolerant. These plants grow in a bushy texture. So, its easier to give them a shape.

These plants are easy to put in shape, and they remain in shape for more days. One important thing about them is, they are the evergreen type of shrubs, and once planted, they can lust for years.

The scientific name of this plant is Buxus Sempervirens. When fully grown, they become 3 feet in height and 3 feet in width.

They are dwarf sized plants and suits better for small topiaries. They grow better in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 8. They can survive on full sun exposure.

In partially shaded areas, they can grow better. They are fulfilled with every feature a topiary plant should have.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees

These are slow-growing kind of topiary plants. These trees do not go high more than 12 feet and 7 to 10 feet in width.

These plants may make you wait for more to get the expected result from them, but as they grow slower, they grow with more density and resistance.

Once these plants are fully grown, you can give the most wanted shape you want to give them. As they are straight growing ones, they look best with the conical shape.

In the USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8, they can survive easily. They also have fragrant foliage to attract. The scientific name of this plant is Picea Glauca.

They are the best choice for topiaries in the gate of the garden or the boundaries. Because of their shape, they are easy to prune.

Germander Herbs

This one is perfect for your ground topiary with its beautiful color, texture, and evergreen appearance. They are scientifically named as Teucrium Fruticans.

As they stay on the ground and don’t grow so long, a topiary artist can make any pattern by planting them in the right manner.

They are one of the best edging plants and very fun to work as a topiary. In the garden, any pattern can be made with these with proper artistic knowledge.

They do not grow much higher but can grow from 4 to 6 feet tall and wide, so they will not need a ladder to work on.

USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10 are the perfect ones for them. They are fun and easy to grow and easy to work topiaries, comparing others.

Privet Shrubs

Shrubs with white flowers perfect for topiary with easy and fast-growing. It’s one of the Hedges, which is also very ideal for topiary.

Privets can be found in many other types, but all of them are not evergreen or perfect for topiary plantation. Like the native European ones, they are hardy plants but not evergreen.

The European ones from 4 to 15 feet tall and become wide as 4 to 8 feet and scientifically named as Ligustrum vulgare.

This one we are discussing here is scientifically named as Ligustrum Japonicum. These are native to Japan, and they are evergreen.
L.japonicum is perfect for topiaries and can grow up to 6 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet spread. They are better living in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10.

Yew Bushes

Dangerously beautiful and very perfect for topiaries for people with enough patience and no issues with pets and kids roaming around the garden.

These are plants with evergreen leaves with high density. Their leaves are flat and thin. Gets 1-inch long and brown stems they have.

They also have beautiful bright red color berries that are grown on them, which are extremely poisonous. Not only the berries but their leaves and stems are also poisonous.

These plants are slow-growing ones, so you have to have enough patience to get the expected results to form them. They are scientifically named as Taxus Baccata.

With their height of 2 to 4 feet and spread of 12 to 15 feet, they are very suitable for topiary shades. These are beautiful and worth to plant but always keep consciousness about safety in your mind for the sake of your children and loving pets.

Rosemary Herbs

Add some culinary beauty to your topiary selection. With their high density and thick leaves, rosemary plants make the best of topiaries.

The thing which makes them more perfect for the topiary is their easiness of growing. These plants can be grown so easily and in a shorter time.

They are actually classic topiary plants and Scientifically named as Rosmarinus Officinalis. They are best to grow in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10.

These belong to the family of Lamiaceae. In the warm climate conditions, they can grow from 2 to 6 feet in height and 2 to 4 feet in width.

They love to be in the full sun exposure and good to grow in summer. It’s better to keep them indoors during cold winters. For easy transferring, you can plant them in containers.

English Ivy

The easiest and fastest topiary idea it can be called. All you have to do is just to make a frame of your wanted shape and plant this one in the bottom of the frame. Other things it will do it by itself and will bless you with your wanted topiary.

These are one of the kinds of vine plants and scientifically named as Hedera Helix. From all the plants we have discussed here with this one, you have to work lesser.

They are self-growing ones, so all you have to is just pruning and watering after plantation. Time to time prune the excess leaves out of the frame.

They love to grow in shaded areas and can grow up to 50 feet long vines. They grow better in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9.

Ivy’s are not just good for topiaries. They are also beautiful and suitable as house plants with indirect lighting and needed caring.

Arborvitae Shrubs

Like the boxwood’s other most famous and beautiful Shrub to make topiaries. Scientifically named as Thuja Occidentalis are also evergreens and take a bit more time to be ready to work on.

They are beautifully dense and very much perfect with their deep texture. The leaves of these plants come flat and scaly texture.

They can be turned into any shape the artist wants to give. They are good to grow in the North Pole as they are suitable for USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7.

The most interesting thing about them is, they can grow two times higher than their width. They can grow 10 to 15 feet in height and 5 feet in width.

These plants can be grown in full sun exposure or full shade. Another variety of this plant you can find known as Golden Globe.

The golden ones are not so tall but can give a totally different and extraordinary look to the garden.

Having some topiaries are not just gardening. Its art sculptures can be made with living plants if the gardeners’ hands are enough prepared.

Like it, a special form of gardening, the plants which you choose will need more care and attention. The topiary is not something that is once done and finished.

It’s a continuous process, and the shaped plants need to be pruned regularly and the regular attention of the gardener.

Here the plants we’ve mentioned are safe except for the Yew Bushes. Be careful about them if you leave your pets and children in the garden. Take measures immediately if any accident occurs.

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