When it comes to choosing shrubs for topiary, there are several factors to consider, including climate, soil type, and the amount of sunlight the plants will receive.

Here are some great options to consider:



Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens):

A classic, dense evergreen shrub with small, rounded leaves.

Prefers partial shade to full sun.

Well-draining soil is essential. The Boxwood can adapt to a wide range of soil types, including loam or sandy soils.

Boxwood is receptive to regular clipping and can be sculpted into various topiary forms, doing their best as cones or globes.





Pittosporum tenuifolium:

An evergreen shrub native to New Zealand with slender, glossy leaves that vary in colour.

Thrives in partial shade to full sun.

Requires well-drained soil. Again, this variety can adapt to different soil types including loam, sandy or clay.

The Pittosporum tenuifolium responds well to pruning and can be shaped into preferred topiary profiles with regular trimming.






Camellia sasanqua:

An evergreen shrub known for its beautiful, fragrant blooms in the fall and winter. The flowers come in various colours, including white, pink and red.

Prefers partial shade but can tolerate full sun with adequate moisture.

Requires acidic, well-draining soil. Adding organic matter can help to improve soil drainage and fertility.

Camellia sasanqua can be pruned to maintain the desired topiary size and form, such as this gorgeous cloud shaped one!





Myrtle (Luma apiculata):

A small evergreen shrub native to New Zealand with small, fragrant leaves and showy white flowers in summer.

Prefers full sun to partial shade.

Well-drained soil is crucial. Myrtle can adapt to various soil types, including loamy or sandy soils.

Myrtle responds well to pruning and can be shaped into topiary designs through regular trimming and shaping.





Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis):

A fragrant, evergreen herb with needle-like leaves and small blue or white flowers.

Requires full sun for optimal growth.

Well-drained soil is essential. Rosemary can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy or rocky soils.

Rosemary is highly tolerant of pruning and can be trimmed and shaped into topiary forms. Regular pruning helps maintain its desired size and shape.





Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia):

A fragrant, evergreen shrub with narrow, grey-green leaves and purple or white flowers.

Requires full sun for optimal growth and flowering.

Well-drained soil is essential. Lavender prefers sandy or loamy soil with good drainage.

Lavender is well-suited for topiary due to its ability to withstand pruning. Regular pruning promotes bushier growth and helps retain your chosen shape.





When selecting plants for topiary, it’s important to choose varieties that are suitable for the climate and soil conditions in your area. Additionally, make sure to research the specific pruning techniques needed for each plant to ensure that you achieve the desired shape and size.


If you have any further questions for your topiary care needs, call your local ArborCare Tree Company at 06 862 5785, or request a free estimate today.