This year I enjoyed trimming and shaping box balls, box domes, cloud pruned ilex crenata and yew squares in a lovey, urban garden in Notting Hill, London.
The garden was cleverly designed by Butter Wakefield, to make the most of a small, lightly shaded space.
Overhanging trees and a stunning multi stem Betula nigra (River Birch) create wonderful dappled light under which the topiary thrives.
I also shaped the Viburnum tinus hedging at the end of the garden with curves and undulations to create a simple cloud pruned design that links the space with communal gardens beyond.
Herbaceous perennials and shrubs such as geraniums, Alchemilla mollis and hydrangea are planted around the topiary, with the predominant colour being green.
The dark green of yew and lighter green of the box sit perfectly in this landscape. The topiary adds structure during the winter months. In spring the box looks stunning with its lime green new growth, before being shaped into balls and domes. These curves contrast with the sharp angles of the yew squares that punctuate the space and compliment the straight lines of the paving.
The cloud pruned Ilex crenata are planted in beautiful terracotta pots and become a focal point at the far end of the garden.