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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Landscaping with Metal Topiaries & Obelisks

Topiary is as pleasing indoors as it is outdoors even if the desire to landscape is not as expeditious as the Queen of Hearts’ manicured croquet ground. The pruning or shaping of plants into forms is accomplished either with the plant by itself or training them over frames such as metal topiaries & obelisks. The variety of metal topiary yard art available answer to any landscape plan calling for the sculpted greenery. With the right dense foliage to quickly fill out the frames in a lovely green matting and some careful pruning, the results are something to boast about by proudly displaying them in full view.

There are so Many Choices in Designing

Topiary famously resembles shapes that encompass animals or birds, ornamental designs, and geometric shapes, just to name a few. The examples can go from something whimsical to a carefully designed hedgerow trimmed to fashion hardscape walls with curving surfaces. Whether a yard is populated with repeating shapes that serve to construct palatial green architecture or there are strategically placed obelisk appointments for balance and symmetry, the choices cater for every taste and desire.

Choosing Shapes and Deciding Placement

In a way, decorating the garden with topiary is akin to playing with the building blocks from kindergarten. With Garden Balls, Orbit Spheres, Pyramids, Spirals, Cones, Cylinders, Sundials, Square Finials, Metal Balls with Finials, Fleur-de-lis, Twist or Obelisk Trellises and many more, it is easy to imagine them all as movable parts. However, this is where careful planning and imagination are needed because once they are planted, that is where they are staying.

Various Plant Choices

The choice of plants to use with metal topiaries & obelisks are any form of small evergreen trees or shrubs such as Buxus or Bay or coniferous evergreen, such as Juniper with their needle-like leaves. The traditional Yew tree is an excellent choice for hedging and the Sweet Myrtle with oval leaves is marvelous for shaping, although it is not as hardy as others needing protection in the cold. Planting, cultivating, pruning and shaping these delightful shaped plants gives much to the spirit as well as being pleasing to the eye.


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