My friend Loi Thai, who, in addition to being a connoisseur of Swedish antiques, is a master of topiary cultivation, told me about renowned topiary resource Haskell Nursery when I visited him in Washington in June. I took advantage of a recent rainy day to take a drive to New Bedford and see the famous greenhouses for myself.
At Haskell's are myrtle topiaries in every stage of development, from just getting started...
To 36-inch, three ball standards. It is easy to see why Martha Stewart has been a long-time fan of the nursery and owner David Haskell has been a guest on her show.
In addition to myrtle, Haskell's has topiary standards in rosemary, scented geranium and lavender...
...and other plant varieties in every size imaginable.
These are about six feet tall.
I am going to try to be patient and came home with these small variegated serissa and myrtles. Here is a little advice from Martha on growing and maintaining your own topiary standards.