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Traditional Topiary Frames

The traditional topiary frames method of planting calls for using a frame as a guide. Some shapes such as the bear, have a center ring. As the shrub grows up through the ring, it should be tied at various places to hold it in place. By trimming it to about 1/2 inch outside the frame, the plant will be encouraged to grow thicker and eventually fill the frame.

Frames with four legs, such as the deer, make it possible for a plant, such as a cypress, to grow up each leg. The plant then can be trained to fill the body and the head. Vines also can be used on these frames by tying them in various places and training the vines in to all areas of the frame.

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