When picking the plants, smaller shrubs with a dense foliage work best. The trick is to pick plants that can stay in place even before being clipped. Using large boxed hedges, you can produce what is known as a parterre garden. This is a formal garden in symmetrical patterns.
Choose evergreen Buxus sempervirens (box) and Taxus baccata (yew tree) which keep their foliage all year round.
Holly and ivy are more than just festive favourites. Instead, these plants also make for popular garden additions as they can be easily clipped to keep their shaggy appearance in shape.
You want to cut just above the leaf, starting at the bottom branches and working your way up. Ideally, these will cut back twice a year, first around spring and again when it’s started to grow out by the summer.
Keeping on top of trimming and training doesn’t have to be strenuous. With precision cutting tools that are right for the job, you’ll create some truly tremendous topiary.