The past few years my gardening hobby has evolved to include a growing interest in topiaries & standards.
This post will focus primarily on the few topiaries in my collection (the standards I have are, with two exceptions, limited to roses.)
Above: Two-tiered Ivy topiary used as the centerpiece in the vintage container.
The top tier is not doing well ~ it gets a bit too much sun ~ something I need to remedy before it's lost.
I find the elements of green to be soothing and am preferring them more & more to a "riot of color."
It's funny how gardening "tastes" change like that. The first years I gardened, I spent wanting tons & tons of color & packing as many blooms together as possible. Today, the garden definitely has an updated/different look.
Below: A lone boxwood on the back patio:
Below: More boxwoods & a Lemon Cypress container:
Nothing seems to be in bloom at the same time in this Cypress container. It contains verbena, 'Indian Summer' petunias & pink Gerbera daisies along with the Lemon Cypress.
Above photo shows verbena & petunias blooming, below the verbena has waned but the daisies are making a come back.
However; the beauty of using topiaries & standards (in my opinion) is that they remain visually appealing no matter what's in bloom around them.
Below: A trio of Lemon Cypress surrounded by 'Cherry Star' Calibrachoas:
The (3) Lemon Cypress container is a holdover from last year. I wintered the Cypress over in the garage & even used them in my holiday decorating.
This spring they needed a trim then they were back to "new."
Out front, a Rosemary topiary in front of the vintage wheelbarrow:
Also wintered over and oops, showing it's "bad side."
Above: 'Salmon Sunblaze' Miniature Rose standard underplanted with lavender.
Like many of the others, this one will also be overwintered in the garage for next season.
Above: Fuchsia Standard. Photo from last season, not blooming yet this year.
Using topiaries as a focal point (or alone) is such an easy way to garden, not to mention economical. After the initial purchase, they can be reused in the same or different combinations for seasons to come. No small consideration....
Additionally, it doesn't take much effort or creativity to build a beautiful container around them. This year, that mattered a great deal to me.
How are you incorporating topiaries and/or standards in your garden?? Are you a recent convert to using them or already way ahead of me??