If you’ve ever seen homes in or around Houston, you’ve likely noticed that some of those with large-enough yards feature shrubs shaped as animals, things, or any other recognizable objects and shapes. Wonder what that sublime plant art is called? Wonder no more. That living art is called topiary.
Topiary basically is the art of ornamental gardening, wherein practitioners trim, train, and prune plants into almost any shape and size. Topiary installations vary greatly in size; from pieces as big as trees shaped like ice cream cones to those small enough to fit in handheld cups. The art of topiary itself isn’t exactly a new concept: in fact, it can be traced as far back as 2,000 years ago to ancient Rome.