Boxwood? Make it look like a Wedding Cake for your Landscape Garden!
This nice round Boxwood came with the house, and we think it’s about 35 years
old. This area was a landscape garden with this tree, and
mostly roses. However, the Boxwood didn’t always look like a wedding cake, until one
day Jeff had a bright idea!
He really wanted to make an impression with this tree, so he decided to make his
little landscape garden tree look like a wedding cake. At first he just trimmed it, and sometimes it
turned out even, and then there were times when it was not so even. I’m sure if you’ve tried making any type of tree formation you can relate
to this experience.
Then one day I noticed that the Boxwood was looking much better, and was fairly
even. I commented that the shrub was looking so much better than it used to, and found out the trimming
secret. I don’t know if anyone else has ever thought of this,
but here’s how Jeff did it:
You’ll need a Garbage can, a 5-gallon bucket and a
To make the middle layer, put the garbage can
upside-down over the top, so the top and middle layer are inside of the can. (I wish I could show you a picture, but thiswas done a while
So, now you have the garbage can setting about halfway down on the Boxwood, and if the
shrub is old enough and has lots of leaves, the entire top half of the shrub didn’t all fit in the garbage
can, so there are lots of branches poking out around the can.
All you need to do now is cut off all of those branches that are hanging outside of the can, and trim the
bottom even with the bottom of the can. When you take the
garbage can off, you’ll have a nice round middle. The leaves may
be a little loose at first, but they will grow in nicely, and it will be a beautiful new-looking addition to
your landscaped garden.
Then, do the same thing with the top of the Boxwood, but use a 5-gallon bucket instead
of a garbage can. You’ll have to trim the bottom layer using
your best judgment, but with the top two done, it should be much easier to get straight.
Boxwoods are fun little plants. We have also tried to make animal shapes out of
them, like you see at Disneyland, but we haven't found a way to perfect this yet, although I think you can
buy the little wire shapes, we always like to find ways around having to buy too many tools, it's much more
fun to be creative and make your own animals! While I don't know exactly where to buy the wire shapes, you
might check out Main Street Supply for your Gardening Accessories.