Topiaries are big cool points for your lawn or garden. And they LOOK so hard to do (and to maintain). But there's a secret cheat that makes even the most intricate-appearing topiary within any average gardener's grasp.
The secret: a topiary form.
Some gardeners are artistic enough to create their own wire forms, but you can purchase an amazing variety to suit your garden and your own fancy. Once you have your form, you're on your way. Here's how to create your own amazing topiary:
1. Purchase a form. A topiary form is a wire frame (sometimes coated to be longer-lasting) in a specific shape. Your plant will be grown around this form. Topiary forms range from simple to complex - and reasonably-priced up to the hundreds. If this is your first try, we suggest going less pricey and less intricate. As you get more adept at topiary-growing, you can expand from there.
2. Choose your plant. Certain plants will grow and cover the wires of the topiary better and will be easier to trim back to the shape of the topiary as they grow. Ivy is perfect for this purpose. English ivy, Boston ivy, periwinkle or any vining plant will do.
3. Fill the form with sphagnum moss. This will help the topiary look "complete" faster as the inside will appear to be filled out by the plant that's actually around it (more on this in #4).
4. Plant your vine around the topiary form. This will require either placing the topiary into a pot and planting the vine's roots behind it, or having the topiary be stationary in an area of your yard and planting behind the topiary. GENTLY wrap the vine around the topiary as far as its growth will allow.
5. Train and prune your topiary. CAREFULLY and GENTLY move areas of the vine to begin covering your topiary. Prune per your plant's needs (ask your local nursery if you're not sure how to prune your specific vine). Be patient - in time you'll have a cool natural "sculpture" that will be the talk of the neighborhood!
2. amazon.com (S.K. 703 Topiary Inc.)
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Rain is, well...water. So why use a rain barrel when you can just hook your hose to the outdoor spigot and get all that you need? If you're eco-conscious, you're probably already aware that water is not an infinite resource. And for some, filtered, piped city water is a monthly expense...
Around here, we talk quite a bit about compost. If you're not yet a compost convert, you might want to know exactly why you'd want to use your own compost. We think you'll be surprised at how this easy-to-create, natural product can boost your garden.
We love birdhouses. They offer shelter, protection, and for the humans that fill them with feed, something gorgeous to look at all year long. Bird feeders also attract pretty visitors and can be designed to offer a little shelter from rain or falling snow ...