Helpful Hints


Topiary Care Bonsai Care
Deck Planter Care
Hen(s) & Chicks Sempervivums
   (always living)


Topiary is a garden art form that is increasing in popularity. This art form spans a period of over two thousand years. Topiary can take many forms. Our creations are clipped standard forms and topiaries grown on welded metal frames.

For all topiaries:

When planting your topiary into the ground or repotting into a decorative pot, it is important to plant at the same level as it was grown in the nursery pot. If you are repotting into a decorative container, choose an appropriate size for your topiary form.

We recommend a slow release fertilizer in the spring or fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 weeks.

Water your topiary regularly with a sensitivity to the changing seasonal needs of your plant.  If your topiary is planted into the garden, water it as you would similar sized shrub. If it is in a container, greater attention is needed to determine the right time to water - feel the soil and make your judgment.

Potted topiaries that have become root bound may need to be removed from the pot, the roots pruned & repotted in same pot or larger. This problem may not occur for years.

For wire framed topiaries:

To train your topiary into the frame, allow the new shoots to grow approximately 3-4 inches in length. They can then be bent gently in the desired direction to fill the form.

You can use garden ties to secure any branches that require tying. Trim off any bits to tidy your form and maintain the shape of your topiary.

Once the topiary has reached maturity and has filled in, use the frame as a permanent pruning guide. By pruning frequently and lightly, you can avoid drastic pruning jobs.

For standard shaped topiaries:

Lightly prune your shaped topiary as required to maintain size and form.

To Care For Your Deck Planter:

These unique planter scenes have been created to accent your deck or patio

  • Your deck planter has been designed for outdoor use only
  • Water regularly as needed
  • Place in partial sun (minimum 4 hrs. a day) or partial shade
  • Fertilize with slow release fertilizer in the spring or every 2-3 weeks with water soluble fertilizer
  • Prune lightly to maintain size, shape and form
  • During the winter months, place in a more sheltered location out of the wind to prevent winter damage

Sempervivums (always living)

  • Most sempervivums are quite frost resistant and are easy to grow outside.
  • They dislike damp conditions and prefer full sun, but are otherwise undemanding.
  • Don’t forget to water them. But if you do forget they will likely forgive you.
  • If you have let them completely dry out the best way to re-hydrate them is to put the whole thing in a bucket of water hole it down until it stops bubbling.
  • Slow release fertilize once or twice a year, follow directions on container.
  • During the winter months, place in a more sheltered location to protect them from the winter rains.
  • Do not bring indoors.


  • Because bonsai are grown in small pots under extreme conditions, it is very important to keep the plant in good health.
  • Your bonsai may look delicate but it is meant to be outside all year round. Do not take it inside.
  • Water regularly, as needed, probably every day that it doesn’t rain. Monitor the soil moisture. Stick your finger in the soil, or pick the pot up. If it feels light, the soil is de-hydrated. You can re-hydrate the soil by submerging the pot in a bucket of water until the air bubbles stop coming out of the soil.
  • Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer in the spring, or every 2-3 weeks with a ½ strength water soluble fertilizer. It is important to feed your bonsai regularly, but don’t over feed it.
  • Bonsai prefer partial shade, or bright filtered light. Remember the more sun the plant gets the more water it needs.
  • Prune lightly to maintain size, shape and form. Keep foliage pads compact and separated. Prune back candles on pines. Use your fingers to pinch back new growth to prevent cut foliage turning brown, otherwise use small, scissors
  • During winter months, place the tree in a more sheltered location out of the wind but don’t forget to water it if it doesn’t get enough rain.


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