“These ornamental shrubs add playful elegance to these gardens”
Posted July 15, 2016
Shaped into fanciful creatures or symmetrical orbs, topiaries are perfect for adding character and sophistication to gardens and landscapes. A favorite horticultural technique in the Middle Ages, topiary is still popular today, with creations resembling everything from mushrooms to Disney characters to architectural sculptures. Here, we showcase a few gorgeous examples seen in the pages of Architectural Digest, including the lush, topiary-dotted grounds of Valentino Garavani’s Château de Wideville in France, the clipped promenade creating a path to the poolhouse of a Southampton, New York, estate, and the sculpted boxwoods at a French garden designed by Louis Benech. Next time you are looking for gardening inspiration, take a gander at these topiary-filled terrains.
Stone dogs carved in the 17th century by the French artist Jacques Sarazin overlook a lawn dotted with topiaries at Château de Wideville, fashion designer Valentino Garavani’s 17th-century residence outside Paris.
At their estate in northeastern Ohio, Cil Draime and her late husband, Max, created a parklike setting that rambles over ten acres and encompasses seven ponds and a small lake. Every tree in the topiary garden is trimmed twice a year.
Landscape designer Charles Stick created the topiary promenade leading to this Southampton, New York, poolhouse, which is the work of Stick and architect Charles Muse; the sheep sculptures are by François-Xavier Lalanne.
Hand-painted trellis wallpaper by Gracie lines the sunroom of this Bunny Williams–decorated Georgian-style home in Richmond, Virginia; the topiary at left is planted in an antique urn from Treillage. The dining table is 19th century, and the painted shell-back chairs are from John Rosselli Antiques.
At a 1920s home in the San Francisco area, boxwood hedges border a path in the gardens, which were updated by Strata Landscape Architecture.
An heirloom stone basin centers a walled garden in Prince Stanislas Poniatowski’s Louis Benech–designed landscape in the French village of Cernay, where topiaries add rhythm and whimsy.