THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Feb01

Plants for Topiary

Want to know the best plants to use for topiary? Here is the common palette, and included are a few trees that love to be pollarded, or espaliered, or can take being cut to the ground or have their leaves stripped from the stem…

… not all of these plants will give you the classic topiary forms, but they may be worth experimenting on and discovering how they can be pruned and what impression they leave you with when they are!

Box

Yew

Holm Oak

Holly

Azalea

Ilex crenata

Bay

Thuja

Hebe

Portugese laurel

Pines (including Scots pine)

Robinia

Olive

Osmanthus

Fig

Lime

Privet

Rosemary

Eleagnus x ebbingei

Eucalyptus

Hazel

Willow

Plane

Myrtus apiculata

Alder

Cornus

Gingko

Pittosporum

Rhamnus

Beech

Hornbeam

Berberis

Lonicera

Phillyrea

Pyracantha

Photinia

Cupressus

Chestnut

Pyrus

Ash

Rhododendron

Podocarpus

Cinnamomum

Juniper

Aucuba

Acer

Hawthorn

Viburnum

Prunus – lots of fruit trees take to being espaliered!

Elder

Buddleia

Conifer

Laurel

Abies

Cedar

Chaemycyparis

Oak

Pieris

Camellia

Cryptomeiria

Choisya

Tree ferns

Bananas

Bamboos

Yuccas

Lyonothamnus

Magnolia

Oleander

Euonymous

Choisya

Palms

What to clip with?

Okatsune hedge shears

We hope you can add to the topiary palette with your own experiments – happy clipping!

Jun14

The Telegraph Wrote About My Topiary Work Yesterday

If you have a subscription, you can check out an article about bespoke ideas for your garden in the Telegraph. There are some great crafts people there, so check it out. Click Here To See The Article About my Topiary Work In The Telegraph

Jun06

Lockdown Thinking, Changes A-Coming…

Topiary Modern Mint

Lockdown has given me a chance to look through old notebooks and begin, gently, to piece together some sort of narrative about Modern Mint and how it has grown over the last six years. And it has changed massively in that time! Modern Mint Now, June Lockdown 2020 I currently make and maintain topiary all over the UK for clients who love well-pruned hedges and sculptures. I love this job – it is a beautiful art. In the winter I prune wisteria, roses and fruit trees in orchards. Much colder, shorter work days… but equally satisfying work. I give talks …

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Jun06

The Garden In Motion

During lockdown I went through a number of old notebooks. I found a note about Gilles Clement and The Garden In Motion – Le Jardin En Mouvement. Underneath my note I had written: “To be researched more! Something to definitely think over!” Now, five years later I have looked again… and am thrilled by this idea. The Garden In Motion is about taking a piece of unused land, and then as the gardener you make choices to do ‘as much as possible for the land and as little as possible against’ it. You are talking about limited input – watering, …

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