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Topiary: The Art of Garden Sculpting

by Declan Lording
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The Art of Garden Sculpting

Welcome to Signature Style Saturday! Today, we’ll be diving into the world of topiary – the art of sculpting plants into intricate shapes. Topiary has become synonymous with my signature style, and it’s one of my favorite forms of gardening. In this blog, we’ll explore different types of topiary, care tips, and even a signature cocktail to enjoy during the Valentine season. So, let’s get started!

Types of Topiary

One of my favorite indoor varieties of topiary is Myrtle Communis Compacta. Unlike the traditional Myrtle hedge or Eugenia topiary, Myrtle Communis Compacta features small sword-shaped leaves. This variety gained popularity through the work of gardening enthusiasts like Bunny Mellon and Tory Burch. Unfortunately, I lost a good number of my Myrtle topiary when I moved to my new house. However, I’ll share some tips on how to care for them and where to source new ones.

Sourcing Myrtle Topiary

Finding Myrtle topiary can be a bit challenging, especially in certain areas. While I’ve occasionally found them at florists or specialty stores in cities like Dallas or Alexandria, Virginia, I mostly rely on online sources. Amazon is a convenient option, but their stock can be limited. I recently discovered a company called Limu that sells Myrtle Communis Compacta topiary on Etsy. Another highly recommended source is Pasiflora Cazoo, owned by my friend Angela, who now has her own greenhouse and a wide selection of topiary. Prices may vary, so it’s best to check their inventory directly.

Tips for Growing Myrtle Topiary

When you receive your Myrtle topiary, it will typically come in a plastic pot. However, to showcase its beauty, I recommend repotting it in a more aesthetically pleasing container. Italian terracotta pots work well and add an elegant touch to the display. Remember to water your topiary regularly and avoid letting it dry out completely. Myrtle topiaries thrive in bright, sunny locations, so place them near a sunny window or in a well-lit area of your garden.

Caring for Myrtle Topiary

In terms of care, Myrtle topiary requires consistent watering and occasional feeding. Be sure to water them thoroughly, either by submerging the pot in a bucket of water or by using a tray with water at the bottom. As for feeding, a well-balanced liquid fertilizer at half the recommended strength is ideal. Fox Farm Grow Big or Espoma Organic Indoor Plant Liquid Food are both excellent choices. Keep an eye out for new growth, as it’s a sign that your topiary is healthy and thriving.

Trimming and Shaping

Pruning and shaping your topiaries can be a creative and rewarding experience. It’s best to wait until the spring, when the plants are in their active growth period. Using sharp shears, trim back any overgrown branches, being careful not to cut into the brown wood. Feel free to experiment with different shapes and styles, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Remember, topiary is all about artistry and personal expression.

Adding Life Luxuries to Your Garden

In addition to topiary, I wanted to share a few life luxuries that have made my gardening experience easier. One of my favorites is the Fiskars Premium Kangaroo Pop-Up Bag, a collapsible and lightweight bag perfect for collecting garden debris. Another useful item is the Accordion Bucket by Centurion, which is not only collapsible but also handy for various gardening tasks. I also recommend the Domino Storage Solution, a versatile storage bin that doubles as a seat or table. These practical tools can truly elevate your gardening experience.


Topiary is a captivating art form that allows us to mold nature into beautiful and intricate shapes. Whether you’re starting a collection of Myrtle topiary or exploring other varieties, the key is to provide them with proper care, including regular watering and feeding. Remember to trim and shape your topiaries to maintain their desired form. And don’t forget to add some life luxuries to make your gardening experience even more enjoyable. Happy gardening!

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