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Training and shaping trees and shrubs with a little added imagination.

Having fun in the garden is the best way to describe ‘creative pruning’, the great thing is that there are no rules. Take some time to think of the overall shape and configuration you are looking for. Take your inspiration from any source another garden, feature in a house or something completely random like a rock formation you saw on holiday. Within reason and with a little time and thought, most shapes and forms can be achieved. The natural growth habit of the plant will also dictate what is possible but there are some tricks that can be applied to deceive the human eye! The art of creative pruning has been taken to a different level by Jake Hobson at Niwaki and James Todman.

Revealing the true character of plants

How i can help you

  • Identify the trees or shrubs that can be pruned to liven up your  garden or bring a little more interest.
  • Discuss design requirements assessing whether your garden is formal or informal, rural or urban and other considerations.
  • The plant may be shaped to make a focal point within the garden or as part of a planting scheme in the garden.
  • Provide short and long term plans to carry out the work and maintain the chosen form and style.
  • Undertake the work to shape the plant making a focal point within the garden or as part of a planting scheme in the garden.

We really did not know what to do with our low growing Japanese Maple. Rupert suggested opening it up and crown lifting it to make a winter feature of the beautiful twisting branch structure. It looks fantastic and has transformed this small patch of the garden enabling us to plant more bulbs and other smaller perennials.

Venn Ottery

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