hav­ing a ball

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Outtdooposrtrinaspphirearteion -

If you’re after sculp­tural style and year-round in­ter­est in a gar­den, a good op­tion is a few box top­i­ary balls. Box (Buxus) is the ideal top­i­ary plant, as it is quite hardy and easy to work. Get your plants growing well with reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing, fer­til­is­ing and pinch­ing out of the growing tips to en­cour­age bushi­ness, while pro­gres­sively shap­ing them into spheres. It’s best to use hand shears. Once they are the de­sired size, two or three trims a year should keep them look­ing good. The re­sult might not be quite as ex­trav­a­gant as these mag­nif­i­cent ex­am­ples in the Stone­fields gar­den of de­signer Paul Ban­gay in Vic­to­ria, but the ef­fect should be eye­catch­ing nev­er­the­less.

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