Posted: 22/09/2015 at 20:22
well I guess I siffer from topiaritis too KeenOnGreen
today, for example, I trimmed a 15' tall and 10' wide holly. Do this every year. Trimmed to a cone and I love it. People comment too so I know it's good. do this with another holly, euonymous aureus, pittosporums, euonymous emerald n gold, conifers, and others. Some are rounded,,some conical. I find some flowering shrubs like berberis darwinii can be trimmed like this too without affecting the flowers. It creates evergreen form and structure, gives "weight" to the borders as well as maintaining relative compactness.
the fact I have a rather good cordless hedgetrimmer with sharp blade that I really enjoy using helps with my "topiary"
some may ridicule this as an extreme form of "neatness" because some think plants should be "natural". However, "natural" means overgrown and shapeless.
Go ahead KeenOnGreen....enjoy trimming whatever you want to. One word of caution though....understand your plants,,how they grow,,how they flower etc