TO the novice, topiary
seems pretty scary stuff - far easier to deliver a shocking short-back-and-sides
to your precious shrub rather than an immaculate coiffure. But here
some of the mystique is unravelled. This paperback version of a
four-year-old hardback promises some projects that can be accomplished
in under an hour.
Quick and Easy Topiary
kicks off with a guide to making topiary frames and, before
you can say "ivy", it has you training plants over them.
Chapters on traditional
topiary and how to adapt this to modern gardens follow. The book
gives step-by-step tips on topiary care and a directory of shapes
- birds, Christmas trees and teddy bears among them - to try your
to the traditional box and yew are given - a 32-page listing outlines
more than 60 suitable topiary plants to use, their characteristics,
cultivation and pointers on training them. There's plenty of detail
backed by clear illustrations in this largish-format, "how-to" book.
If you've ever wanted
to try your hand at the art and the price is no deterrent, Quick
and Easy Topiary is a useful primer.
Gardener, Issue 142, 2004, Page 28
(reproduced in Horticulture
in New Zealand:
Journal of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture 2005, 8(1): 20-21)
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH