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Spring or early summer is a generally a good time to do this, giving a full growing season for the plant to get back into shape. Box and most evergreens respond well to this heavy pruning, as does yew, but most conifers are not so obliging—a good reason not to use them in the first place. With all clipping, hedges and topiary alike, clearing cut leaves and twigs from the plant is essential. Cut foliage is easy to miss, only becoming obvious weeks later when it turns brown. Yew can be the worst culprit, leaving little pockets of dead bits that stand out amongst the rich dark green.

This is a good way to get started, although not absolutely necessary. Over the following years, you can decide if you want round, shell-like spirals or flat-edged ones like a spiral parking ramp. Not all spirals are true to their name— some suggest the general movement without always spiraling completely up and around the whole plant. This is fine when only seen from one angle, in a border for instance, but when seen from all sides, their weaknesses are exposed. 3. As the plant develops, aim to finish the top of the plant directly in the centre, with a round-nosed point or tip.

Nese do. I refer to box (Buxus sempervirens), the most common material for this sort of treatment, but other small-leaved evergreens such as evergreen azaleas and yew will do a similar job. Whether intended to be as close to spherical as possible, or more of a blobby mushroom shape, the formative process is the same—start with a young plant either grown from a cutting or bought for hedging—typically 6 in. (15 cm) tall and 3 in. (7–8 cm) wide. Mushrooms and blobs (the terms are interchangeable, although technically of course mushrooms have stems, so can also be standards) are easier than spheres, as with box balls there is a danger of the fully round shape either becoming slightly pointed at the top, or heading towards mushroom-like flatness.

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