Sylvia had asked me to deal with the plants by her front entrance some time ago. It seems that the blue point junipers were getting a bit out of hand. I like blue points but they take either a lot of room or a lot of care. There’s definitely not much room in this yard.
Randy and Sylvia live on Pear Street which is a tightly-built and tightly-planted gated community. The plantings are nice looking at the moment but, in my opinion, there are way too many plants for the area. I think that sooner or later someone will have to either shape or move a lot of the plant material. I definitely question the planting of a number of Bradford Pears.
Back to the job at hand, we discussed the design that we were looking for. I had told Sylvia that I could only do the job when I “felt like it” and was in the proper mood. The time was right. We decided that the tops of the pruned plants would be in line with the top of the brick pillar supports. I set my pruning shears down and stepped back to study it.
The first cut was major, after due deliberation we just went in and whacked off the top of the tree.
After the top was gone, I chose a second level that was approximately one third of the distance from the top to the bottom. I started shaping to this part of the concept with my hand pruners. I love the Golden Mean.
We continued cutting until the basic shape became clear.
It was time to smooth up the cuts and to “polish” the topiary. The motor pruners are a perfect tool for the job. I always try to keep the blades well-sharpened.
I stepped back to check on the progress. A little more tipping and touching up would finish the job. The client was happy and that is important to me.
The plants will need easy trimming two or three times a year. They should look really nice by this time next year. We are basically using a bonsai process to shape them and to keep them shaped. Try it on one of your plants—it’s fun.
You may enjoy the article on pruning an overgrown bonsai
And here’s another article on tree-forming, landscaping from the inside-out.
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4 thoughts on “Turn Overgrown Front Door Plants Into Nice Topiaries”
Looks like a lot of work and waiting, but no doubt worth every bit of it.
They were nicer before the trim
Thank you, for your comment, Mackie Kim. The only problem is that your opinion differs from the client’s–and since they are the ones writing the check….