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Topiary

Topiary is a specialized style of gardening where plants are clipped and trained to geometric or fanciful figures. Originally, topiaries were be made by pruning shrubs or trees into shapes. But today, the most commonly grown topiaries are built on wire frames, filled with sphagnum moss, and finally planted. Plants that you can use include English ivy, creeping fig, or mondo grass. There's a fair amount of maintenance with topiary. They must be watered regularly (never let them dry out), and trimming may be needed to keep them in bounds and maintain the look you intend.

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