A Standard is defined as: a tree or shrub that is trained to have one central leader or stem and a rounded head of branches. Standards are trained as young plants; the central stem is braced against a stake, forcing it to grow straight and tall. Lower branches and shoots are removed and the remaining upper branches are sheared frequently, to shape and to encourage fullness.
There are many plants that lend themselves to being Topiary specimens. Essentially, it is more desirable that the plant is evergreen, that the leaves are fairly small and interesting, that it produces a seasonal flower and, most important, that it responds well to constant pruning.
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People imagine that the Art of Topiary is time-consuming and only for those who have that special artistic flair - but that is a myth! Once the shape has been formed initially, it is merely a question of giving it the odd haircut. It is a garden task that can be done with secateurs in one hand - whilst the other hand can hold a glass of chilled Chardonnay!
And as for that artistic flair, you never know until you try. Unleash that inner creativity and give it a go! You may be pleasantly surprised. And at the very worst, you can always let the plant re-grow, like a bad haircut!
A top rated performance plant for multiple planting, filling in a background or can be used as a topiary standard. Glossy deep green leaves are offset by scented clusters of white flowers late winter through spring. Hardy and easy to grow in sun or light shade. Trims well. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Choisya Ternata Std
Current Stock Height: STD-90/HGT-130 cm ?
Container: 8l ?
Choisya Ternata Std
Current Stock Height: STD-80 HGT-110cm
Container: 10l ?
New stock arriving beginning of April, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $99.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
Now this is really special. A unique form of Liquidambar with a dense, rounded habit. The fresh green summer foliage puts on a vibrant autumn display in tones of red and purple, holding well into winter. Grafted on to a standard that forms a characterful 'corky' trunk. Deciduous.
Plant your Liquidambar in deeply worked soil that does not completely dry out in summer.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Port Wine Magnolia. The dark wine-red blooms of this adaptable evergreen shrub are a little shy, hiding amongst the glossy green foliage. You'll definitely know they're there when you become intoxicated by the powerful fruity fragrance. Plant in sun or part shade with acid soil for best results.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std