Which Box Topiary shapes should you choose for your garden?

At Hopes Grove Nurseries, we offer an extensive range of Topiary shapes to suit any garden. Whether you are looking for a new Topiary plant to sit on your doorstep, or to add style to your garden, we’ve got you covered.

The ball shape is one of the best Topiary shapes to begin practising trimming techniques as it is a more forgiving shape than something like a pyramid. A box ball shape is great as an integral part of the structure of any garden but can also be an art form in its own right, adding class and sophistication to the grander garden but also beautiful in cottage gardens. They are also popular with show home developers and in towns, improving a balcony, front door or entrance to a property in this rounded form creating a great focal point in many situations.

Our fantastic ball shaped plants have been regularly trimmed into perfect spherical shapes in several sizes enabling a lovely effect to be achieved quickly enabling a great start to developing structure in the garden.

If you are looking to add uniqueness and individuality to your garden, choose Spiral Topiary and embrace its quirkiness. If you’re a seasoned professional, you might try your hand at planting Egyptian Pyramid Topiary which is incredibly eye-catching. For a classic look, why not plant Cube Topiary alongside your Box Balls?

Whichever type of Box Topiary plant you choose for your garden, you can look forward to an elegant, sleek and stylish look!

How to grow Box Topiary in the UK

Buxus Sempervirens commonly known as Common Box is one of the best plants for Topiary because it is perfectly suited for shaping and sculpting, lending itself extremely well to being trained into a ball shape. Common Box grows steadily at around 10cm per year increasing in all dimensions, meaning it needs little attention but is fast enough to be encouraging.

Potted Topiary shrubs can be planted any time of year with the optimum time being during the cooler months between October and April. When planting your Box Topiary, ensure the ground isn’t waterlogged or frozen. Topiary trees in the UK are shade tolerant but for best results they should be planted in good soil with good drainage and in some sun.  

When trimming for use as Topiary, Common Box is best trimmed a few times in the year to encourage tight and neat growth. Traditionally it is said you should trim Box Topiary on Derby Day but any time from early Summer is fine. If you are wanting to trim several ball shapes to exactly the same size, our top tip is to use a wire hoop to guide you. It is also a good idea to trim Box Topiary on a dry breezy day with a sharp tool as the cut edges will dry much quicker therefore reducing the chance of spores entering the plants.

If you’d like any more information about our fantastic selection of Topiary shrubs, please call the office.