A Green Wedding

Topiary can also be used to great effect on your wedding day.

Topiary is the art of training, trimming and moulding plants into living architectural shapes and forms. It is a horticultural practice initiated in Roman times and has been adapted throughout garden history to meet fashionable requirements of the time. It is once again in vogue as it provides a living, green and sustainable forms of decoration, which can be used alongside floral displays, both indoors and out, to stunning effect on your wedding day.

The first situation that usually springs to mind as to where to place some stylish topiary is either side of the doorway at the ceremony venue. This is not only adds a softening touch of greenery but also delightfully frames the all-important photographs. The height of the plants used is therefore critical. Too small and they will be hidden by guests, to large and they will look out of proportion. Bay tree (Laurus nobilis) standards, which are essentially a lollipop shape, or spiral shaped plants such as X Cupressocyparis leylandii are a good choice. Consider the possibility that photographs may be taken at the lich-gate and that may be an additional or more appropriate setting.

Placing plants along the length of the approach and joining them together with swags of tulle produces a beautiful tree lined walkway for you and your guests.

The green theme can be continued indoors by using plants as punctuation marks along the aisle or as focal points either side of the alter.

Topiary can also be used to great effect at the reception venue. If this is a marquee setting the plants can be positioned on decked areas or simply placed on the lawn to form a relaxing green space for guests to mingle and gather some fresh air. Topiary troughs planted with Box (Buxus sempervirens) balls are a good way of providing natural margin to such an area. Hotel patio areas can also be “greened up” in the same way. Indoors, plants can be positioned to help break up wall space and to form a backdrop to the top table or to photographic moments such as the cutting of the cake. Reception areas can be created and formally screened off using trained forms of Ivy (Hedera helix) and entrances and exit doorways framed with column forms of Bay tree (Laurus nobilis).

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