Give topi­ary a try

Amateur Gardening - - Pick Of The Very Best -

Ev­er­greens re­ally come into their own in win­ter. Clip box, yew, holly and other good topi­ary plants into sim­ple shapes like boules, lol­lipops, squares and col­umns. Cre­ate a knot gar­den of wo­ven minia­ture hedg­ing, or ex­per­i­ment with fun shapes (try chess pieces or pea­cocks). You can buy your topi­ary bushes ready-trained, or do it your­self from scratch (con­sider us­ing a topi­ary frame). Then trim with topi­ary shears in early and/or late sum­mer.

Keep it sim­ple with euony­mus lol­lipops, or be more cre­ative

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