There is a magical plant invented by Roman Emperor Augustus’ friend many people do not know about. However, over the years, these plants known as the topiary has become popular in many yards around the world.
The Discovery of topiary plants led to the birth of tree masonry, which is simply the pruning and shaping of trees. In the 18th century, tree masonry was practiced in England and the Netherlands as an alternative to the expensive stonework.
Since then, topiaries have become popular additions to many property gardens and yards around the world.
Types of Topiaries
Popular topiaries used in tree masonry include cypress, yew, and box. However, the box honeysuckle plants, the holly, and the rosemary have also become popular in tree masonry.
To enjoy the beauty of topiary art, it is essential to know what affects the plants. Here are some of the issues that affect topiary plants include:
- Diseases: fungi attack topiary plants that are not maintained well. A solution could be cutting down the affected parts or spray with a fungicide.
- Pests: small insects often attack the leaves. Using insecticides to control the pests will prevent this from happening.
- Brown foliage: a lack of nutrients causes this. Fertilizing the plants to replenish the nutrients is a good solution for this issue.
Topiaries can be pruned into all kinds of shapes and art, and they are used to add character and whimsy to a garden or yard.