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Best Plant for Wire Frame Topiary

Posted by skylark157 10, SE Florida (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 12, 09 at 1:10


I moved from New England to Florida about six years ago and during the move, I transplanted some dwarf boxwood plants that had some chicken wire topiary frames. Most the plants did not make it after the first year and the those that did, never grew very much, not nearly as well as they did in NE. After awhile they looked so hideous, I had to take them out. I see boxwoods for sale in local Lowes but I was told by a local nursery that they are not good for my climate. I still have my chicken wire topiary frames and I am wondering if anyone can suggest a good plant for me to put in them. My family and I really loved our topiaries and I would like to have them again but I do not know the best plant for them.

I thank you in advance for any assistance.

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RE: Best Plant for Wire Frame Topiary

Your local nurseries should have creeping rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'.) Long lived, easy to train and prune to shape. Plus the bonus of winter blooms. One of my favorite outdoor topiary plants. Look for sturdy plants with multiple leads and place one at each chicken leg. Strip off the rosemary needles around the leg sections and wind the stems around each other up to where the body begins. As they grow you will quickly figure out how to deal with their growth pattern. It may be necessary to use small pieces of single-wrap velcro to secure branches in place during the shaping process.

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