DIY | Rosemary Topiary

I've been on the hunt for some small rosemary topiary's for a while now and after scouring every garden centre I can think of locally to no avail....I decided to take matters into my own hands and get my hands dirty. With a little online "DIY rosemary topiary" researching I came up with what seemed like a simple no fail plan that I was sure would be a cinch-and it turns out it was! I can't wait to share how my little potted beauties are doing as they grow but for now (in case anyone else out there is also itching to do a little herbal topiary for themselves) I thought I would share how I went about creating them.


-Garden snips or sheers

-Floral/garden twine or wire

-Potting soil ( I use organic for growing anything we may consume)

-Small floral pots ( I used terracotta). You can use larger for a larger plant

-Hand trowel

-Small wood stakes or garden stakes


Step 1: Place some soil in the bottom of your pot (about 1/4 full )and place your rosemary plant in it (loosening the roots before). If you have a larger plant with numerous rosemary stems (this is what I bought), separate the stems into individual ones as best you can for each pot (you can always trim away once potted-don't fret!). Refer to photo below-potted rosemary in background.

Here you can see one already separated and trimmed down to one stem. In the background you will see how it looks before this step.

Step 2: Cover the rosemary root all the way to nearly the top of the pot (leaving some room for watering) with soil.

Step 3: Using your garden sheers, trim away any excess stems or offshoots you don't want, leaving only one main stem. Refer to photo above-potted rosemary in foreground

Step 4: Place a garden stake right next to the rosemary stem and attach it with twine or wire at the base. If the stem is quite weak or unruly in it's growth pattern, be sure to attach the top portion to the stake as well to ensure upright growth.

Step 5: Trim away rosemary leaves along the bottom portion of the stem so that you are left with just the top portion of the plant having growth (see photo above). Be sure not to get too carried away, better to leave more than not enough as you can shape your plant as it grows.

Step 6: Water your new rosemary topiary and place in a sunny spot-voila!

As the rosemary plant grows, the stem will become stronger and more wood-like, continue to trim away leaves as needed. Once your topiary has reached it's desired height, trim the top portion to ensure outward growth (for a rounder shape) rather than upward. Trim away leaves ongoing to maintain it's appearance, you can keep a super neat ball-like look or you can achieve a more loose organic look by only trimming minimally, leaving a less uniform shape (my preference being the latter). Remover the stake once the stem is really strong and able to maintain a perfectly upright position on it's own (like a mini tree).

Here's what the final product should look like (fingers crossed!). This is a larger version, but you get the idea.

Image via Better Homes & Gardens

I'll be placing my three in a group on our kitchen counter, I also made a mini one not pictured ( I plan to use the rosemary in cooking year round), but any sunny spot would make the perfect home!