How to Create a Lavender Topiary

Have you ever wanted to add a touch of elegance to your garden? A lavender topiary might just be the perfect addition. Not only is lavender in season right now, but it’s also easy to find. So why not give it a try? As an experienced gardener and the proud owner of Tips Tree Planting, I can guide you through the process of creating your own lavender topiary.

Getting Started

Before we dive into the details, let me tell you a little secret – making a lavender topiary is a work in progress. Just like any gardening project, it takes time to see the results. With that in mind, let’s begin.

Lavender plants have a tendency to grow and spread quickly when planted in the ground. Therefore, they make for an excellent choice when practicing topiary techniques. If you have a single lavender plant, you’re all set to start this exciting journey.

Trimming the Lavender

To create your topiary, you’ll need to start by trimming off most of the plant. Begin from the outside and work your way in. As you progress inward, identify one shoot that will serve as your main plant, while everything else gets cut off.

After trimming it back to one single shoot, remove all leaves and shoots from the bottom up to the desired height for your topiary.

Supporting Your Topiary

To keep your lavender topiary straight, it will need support. You can use a stick or purchase plant stakes. When tying it to the stake, ensure you use a flexible material that won’t dig into the stem and cause damage. Landscapers and gardeners often use cut-up pantyhose for this purpose.

Care and Maintenance

Now that your lavender topiary is taking shape, it’s important to know how to care for it to ensure its health and longevity.

Sun and Water

Lavender thrives in full sun and requires relatively low maintenance. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, as lavender does not tolerate overwatering.

Lavender Varieties

While English lavender is commonly used for topiaries due to its hardiness, feel free to experiment with different varieties that suit your preferences. Gardening is all about exploring and finding what works best for you.

Indoor vs. Outdoor

While lavender can be grown indoors under the right conditions, such as ample sunlight and weekly waterings, they generally do well outside. In my experience in New Jersey, I leave them outdoors throughout winter, and they bounce back beautifully in late spring.

Rosemary Topiary

In addition to lavender, you can also create a stunning topiary using rosemary. Follow the same steps outlined above, and you’ll have a beautiful rosemary topiary to enhance your kitchen counter or garden.

Now that you know the secrets of creating your own lavender topiary, why not give it a try? The process is both rewarding and enjoyable. If you’d like a visual demonstration, I’ve included a quick video showing the beginning stages of a lavender topiary on the Tips Tree Planting website.

So what do you think? Are you ready to embark on this topiary adventure? I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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