A Spiral Topiary

Ivy climbs a wire form.
The Basics

Forms, or shapes on which to train plants into topiaries, are available in globes, spirals, and even teddy bears and rabbits. Using such rapidly-growing plants as ivies will assure that your form will fill out in a matter of months.

What You Need:

  • 10- to 12-inch decorative pot
  • Broken terra-cotta pieces or loose gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Topiary form
  • Four 16-inch hyacinth sticks
  • Green florist's wire (any gauge)
  • Wire cutters
  • Ivy (1 or 2 large hanging baskets or 4 or 5 small plants)
  • Live moss
  • Green cloth-covered wire (optional)
  • Greening pins

Continued on page 2:  Initial Steps

 

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