While all angular hedges at Morton Hall consist of either yew, hornbeam or beech, we use box for topiary. There are individual balls or cones as well as clouds. We particularly like our box ‘families’ which mark the transition between the rectangular South Garden borders and the circular area under our ancient horse chestnut.
The box topiary is clipped at the end of May and, in years of particularly robust growth, again in October. The largest cones which lend interest to the South Garden borders in the winter, are clipped with a hedge cutter. More complex shapes are clipped using hand shears.
All box plants are fed with Vitax Q4 in the spring.