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Garden - Greyhound Topiary - First Time Animal Topiary Help? Answered

I would like to grow my wife a greyhound topiary, I am wanting to grow a plant through a metal frame. But I am running into a few problems.

The frame is 92cm x 114cm x 27cm and will be planted into the ground in full sunlight. (UK Midlands)

The first problem is what plant to use. I do not want to use moss. I have looked into Box, Yew, Pyracantha and Privet but have no experience on what would be best growing through the frame, Im not too fussed how long it would take to grow. But I do have lots of time to prune it so a faster growing variety would be better.

The second problem is where do you grow the plant into the frame? Do i get 4 plants and and grow each leg? Or one leg and grow down the others? Or do I grow through the middle of the frame and grow down all 4 legs? and keep the main steam woody.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thank you in advance.



3 years ago

1. traditionally box and yew are the topiary plants but they are both very slow growing. privet will grow quickly but has larger leaves and drops them in winter. Other possible options that grow fairly quickly - Pyracantha, Russian vine, ivy all grow quickly but have larger leaves as well.

2. visit your local garden center they will be keen and best situated to give you advise and the very plants you want.


3 years ago

Depending on the size jasmine might be an idea.
You can bend it to go where you want it while it grows and once it covered the entire frame you can trim it back quite good.
But for the legs I would prefer a stand so you can grow 4 plants from under the legs.
About 20cm grow room should be enough so you get a decent start for the legs.


Answer 3 years ago

so a topiary rectangle stand underneath the dog. thanks for the quick response, really appritiate it


Answer 3 years ago

Can be a big planter box as well.
Just something for the plants to grow in and with a "suspender" for the dog.
After 2 or three years the suspenders can be removed and the structure is hold up by the plants alone.
Makes controlling the growth a bit easier than just directly in the soil.
Plus, with limited space for the roots the plant won't grow as big - some trick used for bonsai plants if driven to a extreme.
The distance between dog frame and ground should just a bit more than what the plant in question needs to establish a good stem.
Check your garden center for some examples to see at which point a plant you want to use starts branching out.
For example an oak tree would be really bad choice here unless you dog frame is a bit bigger than your house.
Something like passion fruit might work great as a climber but might be hard to trim into the right shape.