Planting a topiary Yew cone is an effective way to add an element of architectural style to your garden. These cones are all 180cm (6ft) tall and have been tightly clipped to produce a dense and smart topiary feature.
Many people plant topiary features either in pairs or in lines to add a stylish feature to their garden. A topiary cone can also be complemented with other topiary shapes. Yew (Taxus Baccata) is an excellent choice for topiary as it grows in a dense habit and clips tightly.
Yew is slow growing and one can expect 6-9 inches of growth a year if left untrimmed. If growing as a hedge, it forms a dense evergreen hedge with dark green foliage which looks extremely smart and is often used in many formal gardens and parks. Yew has been used as a hedging plant for many centuries and can be considered to be the quintessential English hedge and can be grown as a small hedge to demarcate parts of a garden or to provide a neat edge to borders and flowers beds. Alternatively, Yew can be grown into a taller hedge and will quite happily grow to several metres high or maintained as a 6ft hedge to give that all important eye level privacy.
Yew topiary can be trimmed throughout the growing season to help it keep its shape and thicken out into a dense feature.
Many people choose Yew as an alternative to Box, although we do supply a range of plants suitable for growing smaller hedges. See our Smaller Hedging category page.
Yew is tolerant of most soil types although it does not like waterlogged soil. It also grows quite happily in full sunshine or in shade making it very versatile for a number of different situations.
More information about planting a Yew hedge can be found on the Yew Hedging category page.