Hicks Yews Planted for Block I Topiary - September 2021
Earlier this year, I posted some thoughts about how I could create a Block I - University of Illinois - topiary in our backyard and how I was inspired by an Etsy listing. In that post, I did some of the layout and decided on a 4' wide and 6' tall Block I that would be about 18" thick when mature. I've been thinking about something like this topiary for a number of years after seeing a bunch of them at a nursery on Route 12 that were (mostly) created from Arborvitae. But, knowing we have mostly shade out back, I went through the mental gymnastics to convince myself that if I bought an 'upright' Yew, I could make the Block I topiary a go. So, imagine my delight when I came across some $5 Fall sale Hicks upright Yews at Home Depot over the weekend. I stuck a couple in my cart and brought them home.
I put them out in a few spots and thought about placement. I kept moving them, walking away and viewing the pots. I want to see it from near the patio, but also, want to think about it as a 'layer' behind some lower, border plants. Here, below, is the location that I ended up choosing - kind of behind our largest Catalpa tree and tucked in behind the Amber Queen Epimedium that is planted in a colony near the edge. I set them on a 45 degree angle - sort of canted towards our patio.
For the garden diary, here's the #1 nursery pot showing the name Hicksii and how they get 8' to 10' tall (I'm shooting for just six) and spread up to 8' (I'm shooting for four).