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Lavender Topiary How to Create

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!

Creating lavender topiary is so much fun!.  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.

This is the lavender plant I took my cuttings from that I am turning into topiary.

Propagating Lavender from Cuttings, so easy and fun. You can create an entire lavender hedge with just one plant! I will show you how!

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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. 

How to create Lavender Topiary, a fun and easy garden project!

Choose Lavender for Topiary

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.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, a fun garden project.

Decide on Topiary Shape

Do you want it conical, lollipop or double poodle?

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.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

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.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

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.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

It doesn’t look like much but trust me it will put out more side shoots as it grows. 

Lavender Topiary Support

Using a bamboo stake tie up the Lavender to keep it straighter.

Note: I grow my own bamboo, here is how I divide and propagate it so I always have plenty.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

For ties I use pantyhose cut into narrow strips.  These work better for me as opposed to twine as they stretch with the growth of the plant and the color blends in as they age to a grey green.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

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!

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

Because of the variety of this Lavender these stay shorter but if you use a taller growing lavender you can get taller topiaries. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different varieties.

Creating Lavender topiary from cuttings, an easy, fun garden project.

And here is the video

Want to know how to overwinter your Lavender Topiary?  Read that here.

Happy Gardening

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kelly

Saturday 25th of April 2020

I think I should have pruned mine back as it's getting so tall it's having a hard time supporting the new blooms. Suggestion to support till it's time to prune?

Pamela

Sunday 26th of April 2020

If it is a topiary in a pot I use bamboo skewers to support it, it you need something taller than that try to see if you can get bamboo poles at the garden center and find one that will fit or you could cut to size. If you are talking about in the ground there are I would suggest a smaller size tomato cage made from concrete mesh.

Jenna

Monday 9th of September 2019

I have a current lavender topiary and it is done blooming. How do i get it ready for winter and blooming next year. Thank you.

Pamela

Monday 9th of September 2019

I have a greenhouse so I typically overwinter in it but here is an article on how to bring them indoors if you need to: https://everything-lavender.com/how-to-overwinter-potted-lavender.html

Chey

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Hi there, I would love to try this however I couldn't read or hear the best kind of lavender to use to grow a topiary. Thank you for sharing your brilliance! - Chey

Diane

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Just had to tell you that I love the picture of you with the big SMILE. You are so pretty and I enjoy your site.

Love Diane

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