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Our topiary has had a hair cut!

Our topiary has had a hair cut!   This picture taken on 7th July….  It’s great for giving your garden a structure.

Topiary has been used historically in many different European gardening styles, from early Roman to modern day.  It is the art of training plants (typically evergreen shrubs and trees) into intricate or stylized shapes and forms, thus creating sculpture – from box balls to yew ‘peacocks’.

 

The word comes from the Latin word for an ornamental  landscape gardener, topiarius, a creator of topia or “places”.  Common species often chosen for topiary include box, pleached hornbeam, yew and bay.

Did you know the maze at Longleat is planted entirely of English Yew? Planted in 1975 there are 1.7miles of pathway covering two square miles.

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