A few short hours is all you need to make your own elegant potted topiary. So grab a pair of pruning shears and get started!
Buying an elaborately shaped topiary can be expensive, but a simple shape, such as a spiraling corkscrew, may be easier than you think to make at home yourself. Unlike the case with garden grown shrubs, which are pruned to encourage new growth, the goal when pruning container plants is to keep the bushes looking shapely and neat.
Spring is the best time of year to prune or trim an evergreen into a topiary shape. The plants are growing so fast in that season that any slips with the shears will fade as the brush quickly fills out.
Wind a piece of string around a conical potted shrub. Tie the string at the very tip of the plant and adjust its position until you are happy with the shape. With shears, trim back foliage above the string to a point about halfway between the lines. Cut as deep as you can leaving the stem exposed.
Remove the string. Finish by cutting away any new shoots protruding from the remaining foliage and round off the edges. Trim as needed. Remember to select a garden planter that is large enough to accomodate the root system for the next few seasons without becoming root bound. This terracotta planter is a lovely compliment to the topiary.