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!
The ubiquitous English Box is a versatile and rewarding plant that is easy to grow. The small, stiff, green leaves are perfect for trimming and shaping and always look good at any time of year. Excellent for topiary work. Presented here as a topiary cone.
Standard. "Sugar and Spice" and all things nice! This plant gift has fragrant, clear pale pink flowers that will brighten up any garden at the time of the year you need it the most. This camellia will flower throughout the winter months. It grows quickly, is ideal for tubs, topiary, espalier or is perfect for those special corners of the garden.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: STD
Native. You'll love this versatile little plant which forms a dense rounded ball of fresh green foliage that seldom needs clipping. Looks fabulous group planted or makes a natural topiary specimen for court-yard containers. Grows well in sun or part shade. PVR.
Pittorsporums love well drained fertile soil but are remarkably tolerant plants and will adapt to less than ideal conditions. They are hardy and generally healthy.
Colour: Brown / Purple Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
Jasmine standards. In my opinion one of the best evergreen climbers available to gardeners. Leathery glossy green leaves that have tones of red in winter and myriads of little white star shaped flowers in summer. Wonderfully fragrant. Well behaved and easy to grow. A wonderful weeping standard form. Evergreen
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Climber