Lavender topiary?

tapewormmaki(z5 IL)July 26, 2004

Is it possible to make a lavender topiary? It seems to me that it grows a little like rosemary only more out from the nodes above existing leaves and less from terminal buds. What it the bes lavender to use and how could I overwinter it. I can't overwinter rosemary succesfully so I hope it's nothing like that.

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Most aren't suited for topiaries but there are the spanish types that I've seen developed as a standard. However, I have no information how well these plants will survive. Normally spanish types will not survive the winter in zone 5.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 2:49PM
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tapewormmaki(z5 IL)

Could i keep one in a shed that's cold but frost-free?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 10:09PM
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I truly don't know. My munsteads which are not suited for topiaries (unless a simple ball shape is considered one) requires sun exposure during winter. But munsteads are very hardy and can withstand minus 20-30 C temps.

Incidentally while checking my favourite herb supplier for an answer to this question, I discovered that what I call spanish lavender here in Canada is also known as french lavender in the US and vice-versa. Both types are tender perennials in our zone. I have the impression that they are greenhouse types requiring steady temps but not cold. I saw these plants in a greenhouse along with the bay trees and other tender herbs. I don't believe they were overwintered outdoors or elsewhere. Perhaps what you can do is to do a search on both french and spanish lavenders and seek answers to their overwintering needs.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2004 at 11:37PM
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English Ivy, Boxwood, Lavander,creeping fig and rosemary are some of the best plants to train into ornamental topiary forms using the green plastic coated steel wire Topiary Frames

    Bookmark   December 19, 2004 at 10:40PM
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