Quick and Easy Topiary and Green Sculpture: Create Traditional Effects with Fast-Growing Climbers and Wire Frames

Quick and Easy Topiary and Green Sculpture: Create Traditional Effects with Fast-Growing Climbers and Wire Frames

by Jenny Hendy
     
 


Tips on adapting traditional topiary shapes to create stunning effects in weeks not years

Instant plant designs and a wide range of topiary frames for your home and garden

Full planting instructions and a directory of plants suitable for quick and easy topiary

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Overview


Tips on adapting traditional topiary shapes to create stunning effects in weeks not years

Instant plant designs and a wide range of topiary frames for your home and garden

Full planting instructions and a directory of plants suitable for quick and easy topiary

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Geared to a specialty audience, this guide to planting and caring for topiaries comes from a garden designer in Great Britain. Handy's discussion spans the gamut of styles and moods-"formal or informal, quirky or imposing." Basic techniques of making wire frames for a series of examples-from a simple heart to 3-D "talking head" shapes-are made easy to understand with illustrated step-by-step directions. Further instructions for training and clipping plants into desired shapes may cause the inexperienced gardener to struggle. Neither quick nor easy, many of these projects assume more than a little horticultural knowledge and will take several years to "adapt." The first step in "Clipping a Cone into a Spiral," for instance, calls for "a bushy, well-shaped box plant approximately four years old from a cutting." For the patient enthusiast, however, the text lays out the process for creating the likes of a potted honeysuckle peacock, conifer corkscrews or fruit-bearing standards. The concluding plant directory offers information about more than 50 topiary-friendly cultivars. Zone maps are provided for Europe, Australia and South Africa, but not for the U.S.; of the 17 suppliers listed, two are in the States. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882669205
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.16(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Hendy is the author of Storey's Quick and Easy Topiary and Green Sculpture, a book filled with photographs and instructions on making beautiful and innovative creations that range from spirals and unique Christmas trees to little elephants and giant rabbits.

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