Lavender topiary are so pretty and I am finding them easy to create. I am going to share my journey in creating lavender topiary so you can try it too!
I am so enjoying my experiment in creating lavender topiary, I know you will too. It takes some patience but most gardeners are used to having that. I start with lavender cuttings, I have an entire post written on how I start Lavender from cuttings, so CLICK HERE if you want to see that and I will have a link at the end of this post too.
This is the lavender plant I took my cuttings from that I am turning into topiary.
It is a tough lavender that puts up with a lot of guff from me and keeps on growing and blooming. It is a shorter growing lavender which fits well in the area that I have it.
Here below is some more cuttings I have taken recently. They may take a bit longer as it is Fall but they will root. One thing with cuttings you must be prepared for is not all will strike (another term for rooting). I always take a lot of cuttings so I have a measure of success.
These are the plants we will be working with today. The one on the far left is the shape I am going for though I want it to get fuller, it will as I keep trimming it at the top.
The one in the middle is what I will photograph for this post and the one on the far right will be what I use for the video linked at the end of this post.
My goal is the make the one lavender, now on the left, look more like the one on the right. I want the more rounded top and I want the height to be similar.
I start by trimming out the extra stems lower down on the main stem, this photo looks like I am cutting the main stem but in actuality I am not, just one of the lower side shoots.
Now I am cutting another side shoot. You can see I will be left with a main shoot or stem from which I want more side shoots to grow but higher up on the main stem.
It doesn’t look like much but trust me it will put out more side shoots as it grows. I now need to tie it up to the bamboo stake I have in the pot to train the main stem to be straight up.
I use pantyhose cut into narrow strips. I like these as opposed to twine as they stretch with the growth of the plant and even they blend in, as they age they actually turn a sort of green which is not unpleasant.
You can see how I have tied up the lavender to the bamboo. Another benefit of working with these is the gorgeous scent they release as you work with them. Aromatherapy at its freshest!
Next I show you how I trim up this wild haired Lavender in the video.
And here is the video
At the end of this you see a Rosemary I am also turning into a topiary and I am now working on some dwarf myrtles, which should be really fun. I will share all about that in another post!
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