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A Baker's Treat

Artificial Topiary version of 'T' & 'B' with an artificial topiary chair.
Ted Baker's Topiary 'T B' and rattan inspired Chair

Ted Baker is a well-known British luxury clothing success. Trading for over 30 years, the company now has stores around the world.

They first approached us in early 2018 for help with a photo shoot and we made them a topiary French Bull dog that went on to feature in one of their advertising campaigns.

Artificial topiary chair, with artificial flower embellishment.
We adorned Ted Baker chair with an artificial floral embellment

The feedback was so positive that a year later they came to us again for some giant topiary ‘TB’ letters and a custom chair in artificial boxwood. Our Head topiary-maker used to design and make chairs so this commission couldn’t have been in better hands.

Artificial Topiary version of 'T' & 'B'.

As you see the finished ‘furniture’ is elegant and eye-catching. Perfectly matched to Ted Baker’s own style.

Artificial topiary chair, with artificial flower embellishment.

Could Agrumi help you with a Topiary sculpture? Contact us for a chat!

Here at Agrumi our speciality is in Bespoke Topiary, however, we also supply many classic architectural topiary shapes.

We can offer balls, cones, pyramids, spirals and standards, all at very competitive prices. We supply them in a wide range of plant species; including Common Box, Conifer, the deciduous shrubs (Euonymus and Photinia) and the evergreen shrubs Ilex (of which Holly is one variety), Ligustrum (Privet) and Taxus.

We also have some beautiful specimen Cloud and Pom Pom-trained trees at the nursery; grown in a variety of species and sizes they make fantastic feature plants, placed in a prominent place they can gracefully enhance your garden design.

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If you see something you like or have a particular request, don't hesitate to ask, we make classic topiary in all manner of shapes and sizes.

The word ‘topiary’ is derived from the Latin word topiarius; meaning ‘landscape gardener’.

Topiary is the horticultural art of clipping and training shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes and sculptures. The resulting topiary shape can be as exotic and elaborate as desired; ranging from animal shapes and figures to a well trimmed hedge.

Styles of topiary

There are many different styles of topiary, each favoured by different regions of the world and at different times of history.

The most notable gardens, mazes and sculptures are discussed below.

Traditional topiary again fills the squares of the parterre at the Château de Villandry, France.
Traditional topiary again fills the squares of the parterre at the Château de Villandry, France.

Parterre gardens

This style of topiary became popular during the Italian Renaissance and influenced French gardens after the invasion of Italy by Charles VIII. Beautifully ornate, clipped hedges (often using Buxus Sempervirens, or Box) are laid out in symmetrical patterns, usually on a large scale. Gravel paths are often placed between the hedges with statues and plants in pots among them. As time went on the designs became more and more elaborate with colorful plants and flowers added for interest.

Topiary knot garden
Topiary knot garden

Knot gardens

First established in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, these gardens again follow very formal designs with low hedges cut in criss-cross patterns literally resembling knots. Traditionally the hedges would be made from aromatic plants and culinary herbs. Today the hedges may be fashioned from Box (or similar) with gravel paths and aromatic plants and herbs in between. In this case they may be more accurately called Parterres.

Mazes and labyrinths

In gardening terms, a maze is constructed from tall, clipped hedging and offers a branching puzzle to walk through with choices of path and direction. A labyrinth offers a single, non-branching path. The goal in each case is to reach the centre of the garden. Pleasure gardens with mazes and labyrinths evolved from the Parterre and Knot gardens of Renaissance Europe. The oldest surviving example in England was built for King William III in the late 17th century at Hampton Court Palace.

Topiary sculptures

Topiary sculptures are a more modern development and most often consist of standard, geometric shapes like pyramids and spirals; however, the resurgence of topiary became a unique way to represent animals and figures, with its use in special displays such as at theme parks, festivals and promotional events across the globe. The shapes can be made by trimming a bushy shrub or tree down, or, by using a wire frame which can either be stuffed with moss or used as a pruning guide to grow plants around it.

Topiary Stag at Paultons Park.
Topiary Stag at Paultons Park.

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Topiary pruning

We would be delighted to discuss your own bespoke topiary sculpture ideas

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