Outdoor topiary can create a striking effect in your garden taking the time to make your own topiary can save you up to several hundred dollars and give you a gardening focal point that you can be proud of there are essentially two kinds of topiary vine topiary where vines are encouraged to . Cutting shaping topiary the tools you will need to create your plant sculptures are a pair of secateurs long handled sheers and topiary sheers shown left to start cutting your topiary shape first use the long handled sheers to create the initial rough cut shape from your chosen plant. The most common shrubs used for creating topiary designs are boxwoods arborvitae pines and cypresses the frequency of maintenance will depend on which of these types you choose for example a boxwood is a slow grower but arborvitae and cypresses are fast growers. How to make a topiary from a coat hanger step by step from before to after with a valiant attempt at a lot of in betweens step 1 find some wire coat hangers and some ivy straighten out the curved end of the coat hanger to a point this is the end you will put into the dirt. Practice shaping the wire by first creating simple shapes such as spheres you can make several simple shapes including spheres cones and cylinders and then wire them together to make a more complicated shape the most elaborate topiary creations are often just combinations of simple shapes
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