Topiaries for Christmas:
This year do something a little different for your Christmas tree – a topiary. Here’s a selection of top plants for topiaries, in pots or in the garden:
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Dwarf Gnome’
The queen of all abelias, A. grandiflora comes in various forms and shapes, while ‘Dwarf Gnome’ has a unique dwarf growing habit. It is ideal for every South African garden, with white bell-shaped flowers. The mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate,
With a dense pyramidal growth habit, this plant produces cream powder-puff flowers in early summer, followed by dark pink to red berries. It is evergreen and should be planted in a sunny to shaded position. Plants cannot tolerate cold and frost. The roots of trees will have an impact on built structures, depending on different aspects, and this should be kept in mind before planting. The mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, but is in the region of ±4m.
This elegant, evergreen climber bears thousand of pure white, star-shaped flowers throughout summer on twining, woody stems. It is a vigorous, medium-sized climber and can be grown in pots, against walls, used as a screen or even as a groundcover. Fragrant, white star-shaped flowers appear in late spring and summer, while the plant itself is evergreen. Plant in a sunny to semi-shaded position. Plants can tolerate cold and frost.
Buxus microphylla ‘Faulkner’
The number one hedging and shaping plant in the world, this is a must-have for every garden. It has a nice compact growing habit and glossy evergreen foliage with a tinge of bronze in winter. Plants can tolerate cold and frost. The mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, but is usually ±1m x 90cm.
Abelia ‘Lemon & Lime’
This abelia is a golden wonder, with lime foliage that turns to a rich golden yellow with reddish undertones in cold temperatures. It is the ideal shrub for hedges and topiaries. While the mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, it is usually ±1.5m x 2m in size. Plant in sun to semi-shade.