It’s easy to think of topiaries as large pieces of art lining up grand estates. But these garden sculptures don’t always mean towering, pillar-like cones or artful animals that take up sprawling lawns.
You don’t need half an acre of land to cultivate your own topiary collection in Houston. In fact, if it suits you, you don’t even need a yard at all.
Just find a bare wall
Take a good look at your front lawn or backyard. Sure, there might not be room for a manicured hedge or a sculpted, stand-alone shrub, but do you have a fence or bare wall?
You can grow climbing shrubs along it. Varieties like the firethorn (pyracantha coccinea) are relatively easy to grow. Over time, you can trim and prune it, much like a free-standing topiary, to run a variety of patterns along your wall. You can start simply with clean-cut lines and freeform shapes, or aim for archways over your windows and doors.