Posted: 05/02/2014 at 16:06
Warm welcome. Nice to have ??ou here.
I think Salino is right on both counts. It does seem an odd plant to try and shape and it will naturally try to grow as it wants to now. However, maybe to look at shortening some branches initially to get a semblance of a natural shape. Would do this when growth can be seen in early spring to avoid any dieback.
I do like topiary to a "natural" shape though. Far from being ghastly I think many people like it. Often makes plants more tactile. Same with yellow or variegated foliage.....it adds another dimension to the garden, a sparkle, an edge a boost. I topiarise a lot of shrubs like this to create a nice rounded or conical shape when not in flower.