A topiary is traditionally a leafy shrub that has been diligently trained and trimmed to a specific decorative shape. With the use of a topiary frame, a trailing plant like ivy can be wound around the frame, delivering an almost instant version of the more time-consuming standard. You could make this heart-shaped houseplant, which can sit on the patio in warm weather, for a Mother's Day or Valentine's Day gift that is sure to be appreciated.
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Things you need
- 6-inch-diameter clay flower pot
- Potting soil
- Trailing English ivy plant
- 20-gauge wire
- Wire cutters
Fill the flower pot one-third full with the potting soil.
Plant the English ivy in the soil.
Cut a 3-foot length of wire with the wire cutters. Bend the wire in half.
Bend the wire into a heart shape carefully with your fingers, beginning at the halfway bend point. Twist the ends of the wire into a bottom point of the heart with a 4-inch twist extending from the bottom heart point.
Push the twisted wire into the centre of the flower pot firmly. Wrap the trailing ivy tendrils around the heart-shaped wire topiary frame.
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