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How to Make a Topiary

Updated on September 23, 2014

How to Make and Grow a Topiary

Topiaries are fun to make and grow and they make beautiful garden sculptures. I've discovered 3 different ways to make a topiary and I share them here. A topiary can be made of ivy, herbs, succulents and even flowers. Many are shaped like animals but your imagination is your only limitation. What your mind can conceive, you can make into a topiary.

A topiary is a labor of love that can turn into works of art as many botanical gardens show.

Here I'll share with you step-by-step instructions for the three different ways to make and grow a topiary. Where to get the forms or build your own; what kind of plants grow the best on topiaries; links to products and instructions.

I'll also share with you beautiful photos of topiaries from all botanical gardens throughout the world for inspiration and to imitate if you wish.

Giant Panda Topiary

Giant Panda Topiary
Giant Panda Topiary

3 Easy Ways to Make a Topiary

Fast, Easy, Fun Topiary

There are 3 ways to create a topiary.


1. Obtain (make or buy) a topiary form/frame from wire.

2. Stuff the above topiary form with sphagnum moss. You can buy some already stuffed with moss.

3. Insert appropriate plants between the wires into the moss (succulents or ivy).

4. Hang or place the topiary in the sun or appropriate environment for the type of plants used.

5. Water based on type of plant.


1. Obtain (make or buy) a topiary form/frame from wire with Coco liner.

2. Fill the space between the Coco liner with moist soil.

3. Make small hole in wire into Coco liner and insert appropriate plants (succulents or ivy)

4. Place or hang the topiary/plant in the sun or appropriate environment for the type of plants used.

5. Water based on type of plant.


1. Obtain (make or buy) a topiary form/frame from wire.

2. Place the topiary form over an appropriate plant (boxwood or rosemary)

3. Place the topiary/plant in the sun or appropriate environment for the type of plants used.

4. Water based on type of plant.

Topiary Airedale

Get This Large Dog Topiary

Topiary Airedale

( 32"H x 11"W x 42" D)

You can get this hand-woven, heavy gauge steel wire frog form already stuffed with sphagnum moss.

The wire frame is painted black to blend in with the plants. It is also double coated with epoxy to discourage rust.

Comes in multiple parts to make it easy access to inside of form. It comes with a 20 minute instructional video.

Price $222.12 Click Topiary Airedale

Cat Topiary Form

Cat Topiary Form

( 24"H)

This topiary frame is mounted on secure metal topiary frames. Its wire frames may be opened up for placement on larger shrubs. You can get this hand-woven, heavy gauge steel wire cat form which you place over a boxwood plant. As the plant grows pull the shoots through the wire. Trim the leaves back to create a 3-dimensional, cat-shaped topiary.

Works with both boxwood and rosemary plant.

Price from $76.00 Click Cat Topiary Form

Fu Dog Topiary

Fu Dog Topiary
Fu Dog Topiary

Montreal Gardens Topiaries - Beautiful topiary Photo Gallery

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A Step-by-step Guide to Making Topiaries - A must have for your garden library

Topiary & Plant Sculpture: A Beginner's Step-By-Step Guide
Topiary & Plant Sculpture: A Beginner's Step-By-Step Guide

A beginners guide to start you off right. Step-by-step instructions to creating topiaries.


Cat Topiary

Cat Topiary
Cat Topiary

Zeus Topiary

Zeus Topiary
Zeus Topiary

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @OhMe: You will love it. And watching the grow and develop over time is a true joy. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I never even considered trying to make a Topiary myself but you may have inspired me. It sure sounds like fun and I love the way they look.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @cmadden: ;^D)

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Such beautiful photos - I swear that's a calico kitty!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      @Franksterk: Frankster, I resemble that, too! :->

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      What an excellent idea. I have to try this soon the turtles would be perfect for my garden, I hope there is a framework available to do it, so I don't have to resort to experimentation. Thanks this is wonderful!.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @Sylvestermouse: I used to think that too. When they show all the beautiful gardens on TV specials they never mention the frame. It's like a magician's secret. lol thanks for visiting. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Well now, how cool is that! I had no idea there were frames available to make a topiary. I simply thought there were talented folks with hedge trimmers out there :)

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @AstroGremlin: LOL when resting, I've been mistaken as a cat bed -- no matter what the cats are doing, they pile on. ;-D

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Living, green plants in the shapes of animals are fascinating and beautiful. When resting, I have been mistaken for topiary.

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      cassieann 5 years ago

      Such an excellent lens. I love topiaries and especially liked the turtles.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Great inspiration. I love the frog at the Montreal gardens, but they're all wonderful.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      These are so nice. I like the rooster topiary!

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      Great pictures and instructions on how to grow a topiary. You make it sound so easy! Unfortunately, my thumbs are not green...not even the least little bit.

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      homethangs 5 years ago

      They are awesome! I will definitely try to make one in my garden!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How cool are these! Just gorgeous and great pics! If only I could make something even close!

      Blessed by Edward Scissorhands (or maybe just a Squidoo Angel)

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      What a great hobby to do. I learned something new today. Thank you for sharing. ~Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Quirky senses of humour!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Great tips for how to make a topiary. I've always wanted to try growing a topiary, but I'm not very disciplined with trimming plants to keep their shape. So I really enjoyed the photos!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      fantastic decorations indeed, I could see one of these being in our backyard.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very nice! Reminds me of Edward Scissorhands! ha! Blessed!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Oh, the seal topiary is adorable! It's hard to pick a favorite though, as there are so many great ones featured here! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Nicely done lens & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, the imagination shown in making these topiaries is amazing! Your step by steps instructions are very clear, and the photos show exactly what we need to know. I haven't tried making a topiary yet, but your lens is inspiring!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never made a topiary and have never seen anything like the amazing ones you are featuring, what a wonderful and green creative art!

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Very neat subject and lens.

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      I have plants that would make such beautiful topiaries and I just don't know how. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tips on how to make one. I just love that cat and panda topiaries. Thanks so much I had fun reading your lens!

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      These topiaries are very nice. Thank you for sharing these tips with us. Blessed.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Blessed by the home décor squid angel

      Beautiful, informative, interesting lens.

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      CarolMerc 7 years ago

      Great lens! I love the turtles and the panda from the pics :-)

      Didn't know there are forms for growing the topiary.

      Carol at talking truck

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Oh these are quite amazing! I think you'd need a grand garden to really carry off a topiary collection, but it might be fun just to have a small one on the patio... maybe a cat.

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Great information with inspiring photos. With this information, now I can do something creative with my garden. Thank you for sharing.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      These are amazing! Squid Angel Blessings to you for featuring Pearl Fryar's work.

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      Janet1 8 years ago

      Really beautiful. I especially love the cat topiary being another cat lover.