Have you ever wondered what those highly manicured shrubs, trimmed into balls and spirals in the neighbours garden are called? Or seen a hedge trimmed into the shape of an animal and thought “how have they done that?” These living sculptures are called “topiary” or topiary trees.
Topiary dates back to Greek and Roman times where highly manicured plants are spied in ancient paintings and depictions of the era. The word Topiary itself is derived from the Latin topiarius meaning ‘an ornamental landscape gardener’.
Topiary trees, or sometimes referred to as “ball trees”, are predominantly found in Formal gardens and potted as feature plants. They are perennial shrubs trimmed into shapes such as spheres, triangles, squares, spirals and even animals! Some are trimmed into lollipop shapes, elevating them above lower growing plants or enhancing decorative mulch and pebbles. These are commonly referred to as “lollipop trees” but their true name is a standard topiary.
No matter the type and design you choose, planting a topiary tree has its own benefits and advantages. Such types of trees offer a creative way of giving ordinary perennial plants and shrubs a defined shape. Plus they also keep your garden space neat and orderly. You can plant standard plants along a pathway or driveway, which gives an air of elegance and neatness. They can be kept in pots on either side of your entrance way into the house, or in the centre of a garden bed as the main feature.
At Hello Hello Plants & Garden Supplies, you will find a wide variety of topiary plants for sale. Our selected topiary plant range adds an artistic touch to outdoor spaces and helps improve your property’s overall curb appeal. If you’re planning to renovate your home or resale it in the future, adding such standards and topiary plants can do wonders for your home.