Look closely! In fact, the supposed columnar cactus turns out to be a thuje cut into shape. An example of “Topiary”, as the great art of topiary is also called. The right time for pruning is between April and September. No pruning should be done later, so that the new shoots can mature sufficiently before winter. If pruning is done regularly and, above all, starting early in the young phase of the woody plant, true works of art are created. As this example shows, there are no limits to the imagination – not even seasonal ones.
Tip: Remove snow from evergreens
As romantic as snow-covered woody plants may look, the heavy load can sometimes be disastrous. Especially when thaw, frost and snowfall follow each other within a short period of time, the snow cover can become too heavy for small evergreen or wintergreen shrubs and filigree topiaries. Branch breaks, permanently deformed branches and an unattractive appearance are the result. Therefore, take a broom in good time and shake off evergreen hedges, topiary and evergreen shrubs such as rhododendrons, boxwood, laurel or spindle bush from time to time. They will thank you for the relief.
Snow cover is not a problem with winter-bare woody plants: snow is less likely to find a foothold on the leafless branches.
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