A topiary garden is an ancient horticultural practice of clipping perennials to form various shapes of animals, people, and objects such as shapes. They are seen in places, such as parks, theme parks, and community buildings, such as libraries and state mansions. They are big in European countries with stately homes and castles. The United States has their share of topiary gardens; they can be seen in cities, states, and national recreational spots. It has been said that the Chinese were the first to create this type of garden, although no one has ever located the first plant created into a topiary piece.
The plants used are mostly evergreens with small leaves and stems. Horticulturalists use hedge trimmers to make these shapes into a reality. With hedge trimmers, the sculpture is shaped depending on the theme of the garden. When first starting the garden, plants have to be grown to a certain height to give it depth, so it may take a while before the “training” begins. During that time, the artist will draw out the sketches needed to make the necessary cuts. After the height has been reached, the artist can begin his work.
They first start out with long handed shears. These are used to get rid of the excess leaves and twigs and cut the plant down to a specified height. Next, they may use a topiary shear to begin the actual shaping of the bushes. These date back to the early 1700s and originate from England. The real shaping of the garden is with the hedge trimmers. These tools can level off and form shape of hedges, animals, spirals, and even cars.
It is best this practice is kept up year after year with the shearing and hedging of these perennials. To do this, hedge trimmers are used to continually shape and re-shape the evergreen. The best thing about evergreens is that they do not need much watering throughout the year. Also dead leaves need to pruned from the sculpture. With these practices, a topiary garden should be able to last for years to come. I highly recommend here or here to get a new hedge trimmer.Read More