Easy Ivy Topiary
Twist and twirl English ivy around a simple wire form for a living sculpture you can make in less than an hour.
•The prettiest topiary is one where the size of the plant's leaf is in scale with your wire form. A large-leafed ivy will fill in a delicate form quickly, but will also mask the shape of the form. Whereas, a small-leafed miniature ivy looks dense and full until you begin winding it onto a large obelisk form.
•Invest in a coated or painted wire form, they don't rust and can last for years.
•Stick with classic forms.
•Snip leaves as necessary to keep the topiary tight and compact.
•Select a weighty container. Stone or terra-cotta work best, but you can also add stones to the bottoms of other pots.
•Keep things in scale when choosing a pot, the inserted frame should be about twice the height of the container.