Definition of topiary in English:
noun (plural topiaries)
1The art or practice of clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes.
- The horticultural art of topiary dates back at least 2,000 years, to when the ancient Romans cut bushes and trees into ornamental shapes.
- Some varieties lend themselves to topiary sculpture, espalier, or bonsai training.
- In fact, topiary pruning can create health hazards for the plant, lower it's value and waste time and money.
1.1Shrubs or trees clipped into ornamental shapes: a cottage surrounded by topiary and flowers
More example sentences
- Container and garden grown rosemary takes well to training into topiaries.
- There were two expensive holly topiaries planted on either side of the tall elegant columns at the front door.
- You can make and maintain 25 stunning topiaries to add elegance and beauty to your home.
- Example sentences
- The grounds are magnificent with an attractive walled garden, a topiarian maze and nature trails.
- The gardens have small topiarian trees, rose arbours, palm and lemon trees and a profusion of colourful flowers.
- Byatt's stories simmer with a sensuality and passion which, like topiarian trees in a formal garden, are pruned and trained into cultivated shapes whilst retaining the wild scent of the orchard.
- Example sentences
- I'd finished putting some chunky brass screws into the fence panels ripped loose by the rampaging Italian topiarists and was getting ready to fill up the birds' seed feeders.
- James had run his hair salon - Total Look in Epsom - for 20 years when he made a momentous decision four years ago: he would become a topiarist, and trim trees and bushes instead of hair.
- It's all down to the skill, imagination and personality of the topiarist in question.
Words that rhyme with topiaryapiary • farriery • furriery
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