A topiary is a fun way to add some creative flair to your landscaping. They can be as simple as twists and spheres or more complex creations like animals or letters. The only limit is your imagination. A smaller size topiary can be completed in about two hours and makes a great project to do with kids.
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Designs are most easily made by using wire or some type of frame to keep the form. You can buy frames or create your own.
Once you have a suitable frame, you will need to stuff your frame with sphagnum moss. Soak the moss over night then pack it tightly into the frame. Use fishing line, thread or floral wire to make sure your moss is secure.
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Now for the fun part- adding your plants! Plants used for topiary need to be dense, have small leaves and survive short clippings. Ivy, boxwood, yew, holly and ficus are good choices. Poke some holes into your moss and insert your plants. Trim as needed. You can use floral wire or hair pins to help hold everything in place.
To care for your topiary soak it in water if possible. If not, mist it with a spray bottle. Trim or tuck growth as needed. When trimming larger sculptures, always work from the top down and the center out to keep uniform balance.