How to Make Live Topiaries


Live topiaries provide an enchanting addition to any garden. Whether creating trees, shapes, or animals, following some simple guidelines will guarantee a successful display. For the diligent and creative gardener, a plain yard can be turned into a zoo with some simple supplies and a green thumb.

Step 1

Determine the desired topiary shape and create a frame with chicken wire, supporting and stabilizing the frame with wooden dowels.

Step 2

Fill the frame with sphagnum moss to give the topiary a fuller look.

Step 3

Plant the ivy around the bottom of the frame and weave its vines into the structure of the frame.

Step 4

Prune the ivy close to the frame and incorporate any wayward vines when possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • Wooden support dowels
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Climbing plant


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About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.