Pruning is a hard work but enthusiast gardeners make pruning a fun. With a little imagination and skill, you can turn your hedges, bushes and small trees into interesting objects. The art is called topiary.
Topiary is the art of clipping and pruning twigs and foliage and craft different shapes such as geometrical shapes, fanciful hedges and corporate logos. Topiary has been in practice since the days of the Romans who introduced well crafted design elements in their gardens. Topiary is still popular around the world and there are a number of famous gardens dedicated to the art of topiary. Topiaries can also be used in small lawn to create interesting hedges, dividers or shapes.
Plants used for designing topiary are usually evergreen and woody shrubs or small trees that produce dense foliage. Some of the suitable plants for topiary include: English Ivy, Ficus Pumila, Rosemary, Thyme, Boxwood, Cypress, and almost all yews and hollies.
The following is a collection of some amazing topiary art produced around the world. All images are subject to copyrights of their respective owners.