We’ve all seen and admired the ivy topiaries at various theme parks and other tourists attractions. You can make your own ivy topiary for your landscape, garden, porch or patio with just a little imagination, ivy and wire.
First, decide upon a shape and a location for your ivy topiary. While the ivy will grow and cover any shape of wire topiary form you can imagine and design, the location you plan to put your ivy topiary might dictate the height and width. Many people use two matching ivy topiaries on either side of their front entrance door. If that is your plan, then measure the height and width of the area and design your ivy topiaries accordingly. The ivy topiary will also need to be in a location that is sheltered from the wind so it won’t be blown over.
After you have decided upon the width, height and design for your ivy topiary, it’s time to start building the wire frame. Choose wire that is sturdy, yet flexible so you can bend it into your desired topiary shape.
If you are designing a small ivy topiary, wire clothes hangers will work perfectly for the ivy topiary frame. The classic elongated ivy topiary with a sphere on top can be framed with a wooden handle that has been broken from an old broom or shovel, and the top sphere fashioned from wire clothes hangers. The frame of the topiary will be hidden from view with the ivy, so recycle objects for the topiary frame if possible.
Once your ivy topiary frame has been fashioned, cover the frame outline with small mesh chicken wire. Wear thick garden gloves while working with the small mesh chicken wire, as the wire edges are sharp. The chicken wire is very flexible, so shape it into the desired form and cut away excess wire as your work. Use wire cutters or needle-nosed pliers to cut and bend the chicken wire as needed.
Now you will need a terra cotta flower pot in a size that will compliment the size of your ivy topiary and some trailing ivy. Plant the trailing ivy in the terra cotta flower pot and secure your topiary frame into the soil of the terra cotta flower pot.
Secure the ends of the trailing ivy around the chicken wire using small pieces of florists wire or plastic coated wire twist ties. As the trailing ivy grows, continue to secure the ends to the chicken wire. A small topiary will be completely covered with the ivy in about 6 weeks.
Water and feed the ivy topiary just as you would a normal flower pot of ivy. Once the topiary frame is completely covered with ivy, trim the ivy as needed to keep the topiary shape neat and clean.