Garden Trimming

If you look around your neighbourhood, you will probably find all gardens having the same features – trees, shrubs, potted plants and garden furniture. But to really make your home stand out amongst all others, why not have a unique garden that will be the pride and envy of your locality? It will not only increase the aesthetics of your house but will also enhance its curb value.

The art of tree trimming is known as topiary. It is one of tree care jobs carried out by experienced arborists and is a horticultural practice that entails trimming and pruning perennial plants to give it definite shapes. It is an art form that can be compared to a living and growing sculpture where the form has to be routinely pruned and maintained to keep the original shape. Your garden then becomes an extension of your personality. The form you give the plants can be geometric or abstract in outline and will be a replication of your playfulness, humour and your penchant to experiment with the broad looks of your garden.

Here are some of the major aspects that you need to know if you want to give your garden a new look through topiary or the art of trimming plants.

Topiary plants

Topiary plants are not easy to maintain and needs to be constantly trimmed and pruned if their shapes have to be retained. Choose perennials that are slow growing with small leaves and dense growth. The most preferred plant for topiary is boxwoods as it is very tough and has dense foliage. It can thrive well either in the shade or under direct sunlight. Other plants that you can try out depending on their suitability to the weather and soil are yaupon, Japanese holly and Juniper. For more information get in touch with local agencies offering a wide variety of services such as tree pruning and tree removal in Melbourne or wherever your house is located.

Plant shapes

Think of plant shapes that will make your garden unique and exclusive. If your intention is to flank a doorway or the entrance to your home, choose container plants as focal points. Geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, and round globes are good for a formal look. You can even try out something more complex and intricate like a bare-stem section between two tiers – a globe on top of a square or a rectangle. Other stylist patterns include twisted spirals on the lines of a cone. Finally, there are designs often seen in public gardens and important tourist destinations, such as animals. What you finally do in your garden depends on your creativity and imagination.


Topiary plants require as much as care and maintenance as their non sculpted brethren so far as fertilisation and irrigation is concerned. However, if you have potted plants, the requirement for irrigation is more than those on the ground. Topiary plants should be trimmed in late spring or early summer and again in late summer or early fall just before the onset of the dormant season.

Follow these tips and guidelines to give your garden a new look with plants of unique shapes and forms.