Traditional popular form of topiary where plant has a clear straight stem and a ball on top like a lollypop.
Plants are run up on a central leader and tipped at the top at the desired standard height. Once some bushy growth has formed at the top, the lower foliage is then removed. Clip the top with garden shears regularly throughout the growing season to form the desired shape and to maintain a compact head. The length to the standard trunk will remain at the same height but will get thicker with age. The size of the head with be determining by how often and how hard back you clip it.
Standards can be features in garden beds and look fantastic when under planted with low shrubs or groundcovers. Matching pairs look at the best bordering entrances and walkways in containers or in the ground.
If planting in containers shorter standards generally look best and tall standard are more suitable to be planted in garden beds
Warners grows the following varieties as Standards:
- Camellia sasanqua
- Laurus nobilis
- Prunus lusitanica