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Topiary is the art of shaping trees and shrubs into ornamental shapes, such as balls, cones, and spirals. It’s a popular way to add structure and interest to a garden or outdoor space. Here’s some information on the best position for topiary, when to plant it, its flowering time (if applicable), height and width, when to feed it, and when to prune it.
Best position: Topiary can be grown in any position, but it’s important to choose a spot that gets plenty of sun and is sheltered from strong winds. Some topiary plants, such as boxwood, prefer a slightly shady spot. Topiary grown in containers can be moved around to find the best position for them.
When to plant: Topiary can be planted at any time of year, but the best time to plant is in autumn or spring when the soil is not too wet or too dry. It’s important to make sure the root ball is thoroughly watered before planting and to keep the soil moist for the first few weeks after planting.
Height and width: The height and width of topiary depends on the type of plant and the shape it’s been pruned into. Topiary can range from small, tabletop-sized plants to large, towering shapes.
When to feed: Topiary benefits from an application of a balanced fertilizer in early spring, just before the new growth appears. It’s important not to over-fertilize topiary, as this can lead to excessive growth and weak stems.
When to prune: Topiary needs regular pruning to maintain its shape. The best time to prune depends on the type of plant and the shape it’s been pruned into. In general, it’s best to prune in late spring or early summer, just after the plant has finished flowering. This allows time for new growth to form before the winter.