Topiary in Perspective

You might think of topiary plants as uniquely British, but, in fact, the art of training living green sculptures first became popular in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. Historical sources can confirm that topiary art was particularly popular in ancient Rome. It was a close friend of Julius Caesar who reintroduced the noble craft of training shrubs into intricate forms, creating a new gardening trend in the empire. Not long after, the ancient capital was teeming with scenes of the hunt such as elaborate animal figures and geometrical shapes, all sculpted out of evergreens.

 

Topiary art has been practiced since ancient Rome.
While Topiary may have become one of the most distinct marks of English gardens, this art form originates from ancient Rome.

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Euonymus: Spindle Tree Varieties and How to Use Them

Euonymus, which is more commonly known as Spindle or Spindle Tree, is a large family of dwarf shrubs, small trees, and creepers which can be deciduous or evergreen. There are 175 species in this family, all of whom are treasured for their attractive foliage, and, in some cases, interesting fruit and seed pods.

 

Euonymus varieties can be evergreen and deciduous, but in both cases, they boast attractive foliage.
Spindle might be best known for the pretty variegated foliage, such as that of Japanese Spindle Bush Bravo (pictured here).

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Best Dwarf Conifers for Landscaping: Small Spaces, Big Ideas

Dwarf conifers are ideal for small gardens as these compact evergreens do not take up too much space. However, although they might not be imposing in size, they are indeed impressive when it comes to their appearance! Unlike their full-sized versions, most dwarf conifer cultivars can be successfully grown in containers, planted en masse in contrasted groupings or used as a focal point with year-round interest.

 

At our plant centre, we have a vast collection of attractive dwarf conifer varieties for sale in UK.
Here at Paramount Plants, we offer an impressive selection of dwarf conifer varieties.

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Landscaping with Berberis Shrubs – Best Japanese Barberry Varieties to Grow

Berberis Thunbergii, better known as Japanese Barberry or Red Barberry, is a hardy shrub treasured for its spectacular autumn colour. The dense, deer-resistant foliage and the compact growth habit make barberry varieties a popular choice for hedging.

Berberis shrub or Japanese Barberry is one of the most popular choices for hedging in the United Kingdom.
Berberis Thunbergii is a perfect candidate for a striking hedge.

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