Garden design with spherical topiaries


Garden design with spherical topiaries

12Aug 2019

The use of topiaries can quickly transform inconspicuous corners of the garden into aesthetic eye-catchers. Whether spirals, archways, umbrellas or boxes - we can satisfy (just about) every wish when it comes to shape and variety. This month we would like to show you how you can integrate spherical shapes into your garden planning.



Experience has shown that spherical topiaries are best used in groups of three or more and in a variety of sizes. This keeps the planting interesting while also bringing a sense of movement into what might otherwise be a somewhat static garden. For accompanying greenery we recommend umbrella-shaped plants, which help to create a harmonious framework for our green composition. Spheres are also often used as eye-catchers in quieter areas consisting of ground coverings and grasses. 




The choice of plant depends entirely on personal taste. As a rule, all shrubs that experience dense growth and tolerate regular pruning are suitable. The most common species are Taxus (yew), Thuja (tree of life), Ligustrum (privet) and Ilex crenata (Japanese holly). The latter is often used as an alternative to the popular boxwood, which can be susceptible to the box tree moth. Our insider tip, however, is to use spherical plants with particular blossoms or bright fruit ornaments: Syringa (lilac), Malus (ornamental apple) or Crataegus (hawthorn).




In addition to the ground-level topiaries described here, there are also high tree varieties with spherical crowns. Whether with or without trunk - the A and O of topiary care is regular pruning, which should take place once or twice a year depending on the plant.

We would of course be more than happy to help you plan your garden!


Your Lorberg team