A topiary is defined as the horticultural practice of training live plants by clipping the foliage to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes. The derivative is Latin for an ornamental landscape gardener, topiarius, creator of topia or “places”.

The classic geometric shaped topiary such as balls (standards) or cubes, cones and spirals grown at Snug Harbor Farm date back to Roman times. The number one plant that is used at The Farm for this is Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’, or Small Leafed Myrtle. A few other noteworthy plants that are used are; Westringia, Lavendula, Rosemary, and Fuchsia microphylla. This new blog series will focus on all the different types of topiaries we grow every few weeks with instruction on there growth and care.

So for this first synonymous topiary post we are highlighting our Myrtles or Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’. A few years ago we wrote about them in a full length description on our most popular blog post Myrtle Topiaries Demystified. You can see the post with all the photos and description here:


We hope you enjoy this quick peak at our Myrtle topiaries! Look forward to many future posts to come, devoted to all the different types of topiary we grow here right on the farm! 

Author Whitney Grover

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