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Manchester Flower Festival

The Manchester Flower Festival is an integral part of this exciting city, many important landmarks and streets are enhanced with blooming flowers and vibrant colours.

The festival is always popular in Manchester, even more so with it being the first big event of 2021… and it didn’t disappoint!

Topiary Elephant and Giraffe, made with artificial grass

Agrumi designed and created an artificial baby giraffe and elephant to be placed in Angel Meadow Park. The topiary were within budget, required no maintenance and provided an Instagramable opportunity for visitors to the event.

Topiary Elephant and Giraffe - made with Artificial Grass
Flowers were planted around the bases of the sculptures, which helped to ground and enhance them visually

The pictures that were shared on social media platforms were a huge hit and really became a stand out feature within the city.

Topiary Elephant and Giraffe, made with artificial grassTopiary Elephant and Giraffe, made with artificial grassTopiary Elephant and Giraffe, made with artificial grass

We at Agrumi love to be part of such events and create topiary features that stand out for others to enjoy.

Could your town benefit from some topiary sculptures? Just get in touch!

Topiary Butterflies at Norfolk Square Gardens

With the importance of butterflies and our environment being so prevalent, Agrumi were delighted to be asked to help Paddington’s Business Improvement District (Paddington Now) with their plans to create a butterfly friendly garden in Norfolk Square.

Topiary Butterflies for Norfolk Square Gardens

Agrumi made 2 large butterfly sculptures for the garden project, which not only are bright and beautiful, but they also help to attract pollinators. The body and wings are wrapped in Star Jasmine plants; their fragrant white flowers are rich in nectar, which is ideal for lots of bees and butterflies.

Topiary Butterfly at Norfolk Square Gardens

The wings of the butterflies were created with coloured dry moss. Agrumi produced the wing formations stuffed with dry moss and added the paint in the two colour schemes that the BID selected. We think the colours on the butterflies look great together and hope that visitors to the garden agree!

Topiary Butterflies at Norfolk Square Gardens

The BID is working with ‘Big City Butterflies’ to encourage more butterflies into the area and will monitor the numbers over the coming years. It has brought about a butterfly count in the garden during July and August 2021, as part of the Butterfly’s Conservation initiative.

Topiary Butterflies at Norfolk Square Gardens
To encourage more butterflies into the garden, the BID organised a large pollinator-friendly flower bed surrounding the Butterfly sculptures

You can read more about the entire Norfolk Square Butterfly garden project here

Paddington's Twitter post about Agrumi's butterflies

Could your town’s BID benefit from any topiary sculptures? Just get in touch!

Topiary Butterflies at Norfolk Square Gardens

Famous face of Paddington next to Agrumi's Butterfly

Agrumi have created a metal sculptures range created especially by their head topiary artist, Luigi Frosini. These mainly include British animals such as Roe deer, Sheep, Hares and Pigs. Inspired by the natural world around him, Luigi endeavours to create lifelike animal sculptures.

A while ago, Burford Art Gallery approached Agrumi about making a Metal Horse for a display. (Burford Art Gallery is part of Burford Garden company, an Oxfordshire based Garden shop. They ‘love things that are a little different', so we think we’re a great match!)

This enquiry soon evolved into a series of regular orders of animal sculptures, and now Agrumi has an entire range based on these Metal Animal Sculptures by Luigi Frosini.

Metal Piglets

Having worked closely with nature, Luigi can create realistic 3D forms made of steel, whilst capturing the personality of each animal and character perfectly.

Metal Ram Sculpture

These are made from annealed steel wire, which naturally turns a rusty brown colour when left outside. We are able to add a lacquer coating, or paint to the sculpture, to help prevent oxidisation, if you prefer this finish.

Metal Animal sculptures in gardens
A selection of customer photos

A selection of these was exhibited at The Chelsea Flower Show 2021, as part of Agrumi’s New Forest exhibition stand.

These are all available to buy from Burford Art Gallery, we can take commisions for custom orders, or you can buy them online from our webshop TopTopiary.

 

Agrumi were approached by Apex Graphics, an exhibition design company company, to create a topiary logo for their client.

Acer Topiary Logo

Their client was Acer, the computer IT company, who required their logo recreated in topiary for an event.

We recommended the artificial topiary options, as these are great for events and shows. It means you can move the topiary around easily; they don’t require any watering and are lightweight and durable.

Acer Topiary logo

They went for four 60cm high freestanding letters, which can be moved around individually, covered in artificial boxwood. This material creates the effect of a boxwood hedge, with a complete covering of artificial leaves.

 

Could your company or event benefit from a topiary logo? Contact us for a chat!

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!

T-Rex and Frog in Window Display

Cath Kidston approached us to make them a few artificial boxwood animals for their window display in their Piccadilly store.

Their store has been fitted out with lots of hints of foliage: an artificial grass rug, plants on the shelving units and several leaf covered panels for displaying their accessories. So our artificial boxwood product was the perfect match to compliment their theme.

Artificial Boxwood T-Rex and Frogs

We made them one 6 foot high Tyrannosaurus-Rex and two ginormous frogs. They were covered in artificial boxwood, which is UV resistant, so they are able to stay in the windows for a long period of time, without fading in the sunlight.

Giant Frog in Cath Kidston Window Display
Cath Kidston's giant frog blending in his new surroundings
Artificial Boxwood T-Rex
The mouth and teeth were made with artificial grass, which adds an extra texture to the piece

They have used the T-rex as a prop to integrate with the shop’s products and mannequins.

Tyrannosaurus-Rex in Cath Kidston Window

Could your window display benefit from some topiary decoration? Give us a shout!

Giant three metre high topiary ring

Hatton Garden is famously known as London’s jewellery quarter, so when they asked Agrumi Topiary Art to make a giant diamond ring it made a lot of sense!

We were asked for the topiary to be free standing on a large scale so that people could stand in it for photos. So we created the design for a 3 metre high Diamond Ring, high enough to stand under, which would be bolted into the ground.

Artificial boxwood was the topiary medium of choice for this project, as it is a realistic alternative to living plant that would last through the installation with zero maintenance.

Giant Artificial Topiary Ring

This project was brought about by the Hatton Garden BID (Business Improvement District), which funds improvements to the local area, to enhance commercial areas and celebrate the area’s uniqueness. A major benefit of BIDs is that they encourage footfall into the highstreet.

They were interested in having a planter filled with flowering plants at the top of the ‘diamond’ so we left this hollow. We created an artificial floral display (pink orchids, blue delphinium and various white flowers) to represent a pot full of flowers. They loved this so much that we left these built in for the duration of the ring’s installation!

Topiary ring on site at Hatton Garden

A big sign was placed on the ground saying “SMILE Take a photo in the ring and share with us @HattonGDN to win great prizes this summer… #HattonSummer”.

Lady posing in front of the topiary ring

"Hatton Garden is steeped in history relating to jewellery and diamonds. We are very proud of our identity and want to celebrate who we are. This is why Hatton Garden BID commissioned Agrumi Limited to design a bespoke large topiary engagement ring to be placed on the high street. We could not be happier with the result and it provided a fantastic way for people to get involved and share their stories / moments in our area."

- James Sackley, BID Manager, Hatton Garden BID

As you can see this has been a success with people sharing the images online:

Does your town need some topiary love? Get in touch to see what we can do for you!

 

We were recently commissioned by NeosCreative to craft a series of iconic brand trademarks in topiary for an exhibition titled “Like me – our bond with brands” held at the Design Museum on the River Thames.

Curated by branding pioneers Lippincott, the exhibition looked at the power dynamic between people and brands and the roles consumers play in their creation. As leaders in our own field, we were asked to create 5 pieces of topiary representing iconic brand images that are recognisable to people across the globe.

Logos

Made from artificial Boxwood and placed atop our beautiful white pots our logos for McDonalds, Disney, Twitter, London Underground and Facebook are both emblematic of the famous companies they represent and the power of our topiary to create marketing impact.

Here at Agrumi we specialise 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 in a wide variety of plant species.

Bay (Laurus Nobilis)

Laurus NobilisThis erect, evergreen shrub has aromatic ovate leathery leaves useful in cooking. Its small, greenish-yellow leaves grow in dense clusters making it perfect for growing as a standard tree. Its oval, glossy fruits become black when ripe.

 

 

Common Box (Buxus Sempervirens)

Buxus sempervirensIs a slow-growing evergreen shrub, compact in habit with small, glossy oval or oblong leaves and small yellowish flowers. It is not suitable for bespoke topiary, but perfect for classic topiary shapes like balls and spirals.

 

 

Cypress (Leylandii)

Cupress leylandiiThe prolific growing properties of the evergreen Leyland cypress can make it a source of irritation when used a hedge or screen, but it also makes for beautiful classic standard topiary when kept under control. The genus provides species in a palette from dark green to pale yellow.

 

 

Holly (Ilex)

Ilex crenataHolly is a tough plant, happy in free-draining soil in most positions in tubs or in open ground. With a range of dark green or variegated species and the promise of beautiful red berries, it makes another perfect choice for standard topiary designs.

 

 

Arborvitae (Thuja species)

ThujaThese coniferous evergreens have a stringy texture and reddish-brown bark. They are widely grown as ornamentals and hedges, but also make good standard trees.

 

 

Common Myrtle (Eugenia or Myrtus species)

EugeniaThis bushy, medium-sized shrub has small aromatic, ovate leaves and profuse star-like white flowers, 2cm in width followed by purplish-black berries. In contemporary plant-lore it symbolises love and is routinely used in Royal wedding bouquets.

 

 

Yew (Taxus species)

Taxus

Slow-growing, but long-lived these coniferous trees can grow up to 40 metres high. Used in standard topiary however, and kept clipped, they make stunning, dense show plants.

The best type of plant for your topiary depends on its purpose, desired result, and length of time available...

Here at Agrumi we can make topiary in four possible categories: Living plants, Moss, Artificial Products and Bare-bones

Living Plants

For when you have more time on your hands to wait for your topiary of choice to properly flourish and fluff out. Requires on going care and maintenance, particularly during the growing seasons.

Taking its time – slower growing topiary-friendly plants

Box-leafed Privet (Ligustrum Delavayanum)

Our Favourite: Ligustrum delavayanum

Topiary Elephants
Elephants in Ligustrum

Our plant of choice for when you want long lasting topiary and don't mind waiting for results; it takes a while before reaching its prime but looks wonderfully fluffy after one growing season. This is a compact, evergreen shrub with oval dark green leaves and small white flowers in early summer, followed by blue-black berries. This is a very good bespoke topiary choice, it is resilient, easily woven onto wire frames, and also makes for fine classic topiary shapes from stock.

Read our guide for more information on proper care for your topiary.

Against the clock – fast growing topiary-friendly plants

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides)

Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

Stiletto in Star Jasmine

If you're after something in a hurry this vigorous, evergreen twining plant is the ideal choice for bespoke topiary with fabulous results in a mere matter of weeks. It has oval leaves 5-8cm in length which often turn deep red in winter – lending another dimension to topiary figures. This plant also develops fragrant white flowers during the summer, an added bonus, 2-5cm in width that mellow to a cream colour with age.

 

Common Ivy (Hedera Helix)

The genus Hedera is fast-growing, evergreen and there are many species within it. Agrumi use the small-leaved varieties, either plain or variegated depending on the commission.

 

 

 

Moss Products

Jaeger Hounds in Dried Dyed Moss
Jaeger Hounds in Dried Dyed Moss

We can also use dried moss as an alternative to living topiary to create fuller looking topiary in an instant. Moss creates a healthy looking, soft, green topiary which requires very little maintenance. Eventually, after some time in the sun, your moss topiary will begin to lose colour and fade; not to worry, as the solution can be very simple! You may decide to remove and replace the old moss with a newer fresher product, or, simply fill in any areas which are loosing their colour. Alternatively the simpler solution is to spray/paint your topiary with a natural looking green paint.

Artificial Products

We also make topiary using a range of artificial plant/grass products; providing a long lasting, low maintenance alternative.

Boxwood matting

Radley dog in Artificial Boxwood
Radley dog in Artificial Boxwood

Artificial Boxwood matting can be very effective if you’re looking for a realistic plastic alternative to living plants. We use a variety with deep ‘foliage’ and tonal shades of green which replicate the real thing. It is also UV fade protected, for long-term outdoor use, sturdy, light to carry and weather-resistant; providing an instant ever lasting wow-factor that can be used time and again.

The same talented wire artists that create our living plant topiary can use this to make topiary that requires absolutely no on-going care. It’s the perfect choice for clients wanting to commission items that they can transport and use over and over again for event/exhibitions both indoors and out.

Price-wise bespoke topiary made from artificial Boxwood matting doesn't vary much from that made of living plants as it involves the same amount of work.

Namgrass

Namgrass Dalek
Dalek in Namgrass

Namgrass, a near neighbor to Agrumi in the New Forest, just so happen to be Britain’s premier supplier of artificial grass; making it the perfect partner for Agrumi’s topiary skills to provide light weight, portable, low maintenance topiary figures. With Namgrass you can have great looking topiary instantly that doesn’t require any further care.

Namgrass products have a natural look and feel, creating some stunning topiary designs, and are remarkably true to life

Bare Bones

LED Lighting

Sometimes customers want something a bit different to brighten up their designs with; therefore, we offer a fantastic alternative sculpture covering in the form of LED lights. This combination of LED lights and our wire frame sculptures creates a beautiful effect that will joyfully light up the night!

Rudolph outside The White Buck
Stag frame in LED lighting

Last Christmas Agrumi got into the festive spirit by covering one of our wire topiary deer frames in 1000 twinkly LED lights. The work took no more than a morning and the results were fantastic. ‘Rudolf’ was stationed outside our local pub in the New Forest, ‘The White Buck’, and helped raise funds for Greenfingers, the charity that creates magical gardens for children’s hospices.

Following on from the success of our topiary stiletto covered in Star Jasmine, made to mark a fashion event at St Christopher’s Place off London’s Oxford Street, we were later commissioned again to produce an updated replacement of the existing stiletto design, but this time covered in beautiful, twinkling, LED lights; ordered just in time for Christmas it was the perfect way to get shoppers into the festive spirit.

Agrumi can design, make and deliver commissions like this within a few days at remarkably low costs; whether its for an evening event, advertisement or to just add some sparkle to the garden at night we think these LED frames are guaranteed to brighten up your night.

Wire Frames

T-rex in wire frame
T-rex in wire frame

And, of course, we can supply all of our topiary figures in their most basic wire frame form; perfect if you're thinking of trying your hand at training your own topiary plant.

Whatever your desired shape, depending how complex/daring you feel, we can have topiary wire frames made at surprisingly affordable rates.

If you fancy getting started with something simple we can offer a circular cutting guide as to achieve precision pruning for the perfect topiary balls. Or express your creativity with something more intricate and have your art come to life.

Whatever you're after, any size and shape, we can provide the frame; what you do with it thereafter is up to you! We like a challenge, so if you have something else in mind such as garden frames, cages, hanging baskets, an archway or plant frames, just let us know via the contact us page or give us a call! Perhaps you’re after something not strictly for the garden; an ornamental piece or wire mannequin.

Take a look at our portfolio and case studies for more examples and inspiration!
We can supply all of these and more, any size or shape, to suit your needs.

Why not discuss your ideas with us?

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