Make your landscape stand out from that of neighbors by adding striking topiaries and specimen trees for that curb appeal. There are a ton of interesting tree options available, and incorporating them into your landscape can be so much fun. We have the information you need to choose the right trees for your landscape and how to use them!
Topiaries Vs Specimens
It is crucial to remember that while all specimens are topiaries, not all topiaries are specimens. Both can add a distinctive touch and improve curb appeal of your landscape. But there are some distinctions between the two.
Evergreens with dense foliage that are pruned into irregular shapes to add year-round interest to a landscape are known as topiary trees. You can create spirals, animals, geometric shapes, and more with topiary plants.
These trees can be used to create privacy around your house or as a statement piece to anchor a garden! Use topiaries in your landscape design to add interest, create a statement, or accentuate the beauty of your garden. Because of their versatility, topiaries can be used in many different types of yard designs.
It can take months to grow and shape your own topiaries. It is far simpler to add one to an established garden at your house. Topiaries need to be lightly pruned once they’ve settled in order to keep their shape. The easiest topiaries to maintain and perfect for beginners are the sphere and spiral forms that we currently carry!
Specimens can grow naturally to create a distinctive form, or they can be shaped into irregular silhouettes. Certain specimens, such as the Golden Hinoki Cypress, can have striking coloration in addition to having an asymmetrical shape. They can be planted in groups for added interest, but they are usually planted alone as a focal point in any landscape.
5 ways you can include topiaries in your garden
Line your entry ways: To keep things interesting, choose several topiaries of the same shape or switch the shapes. An unusual pattern for an entrance to a garden or house can be created by alternating between 3-ball topiaries and Emerald Green Arborvitae spirals.
Use as a privacy screen: Topiaries don’t provide complete privacy, but they do create a distinctive screen that effectively blocks out most light, wind, and noise. Compared to traditional fencing, these living privacy fences will last much longer and have more charm. However, they will need some minor trimming to keep their shape.
Define your garden: With topiaries a garden can be defined more clearly with lines for flow. They delineate your garden with a clear barrier and divide your area from your neighbors. Planting topiaries along the edges of your garden will give it more definition and make it easier to navigate.
Create a forest: Mixing and matching topiaries to create an entire garden can create an altogether different look! For example, you can create a whimsy garden full of shapes by encircling the multi-sphere Hertz Blue Juniper Pom Pom topiary with Juniper Spartan spirals.
Put it in a pot: A solitary topiary in the middle anchors some of the most exquisite pots and porches. Spirals of Alberta spruce give a container a great deal of height and form. If you choose to surround your porch pot with smaller “filler” plants, the vivid green hue will make a statement.