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!

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.