10 Spectacular Topiary Designs
Pearl Fryar creates graceful archways, whimsical characters, gigantic abstract shapes, and hedges carved into intricate designs.
Pearl’s designs make visitors feel as if they are visiting a mystical land. He uses canvases of balsam and Fraser firs, Leyland Cypress, and holly, among other plants, to create each piece with a personality of its own.
It’s hard not to notice Pearl’s sculptures at the South Carolina State Museum. Standing like sentries on either side of a wide staircase, 20-foot-tall works sculpted from Leyland cypress feature stacks of circles, split rectangles, and egg-shaped orbs. Around them, ball-like shrubs sport portholes; mushroom shapes, squares, and globes emerge from flat planes of the lush greenery.
Charleston Church Garden
Pearl groups similar topiaries, such as these circular-topped hedges, in parts of his garden design.
Pearl collaborated with art majors and the head of the art department at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, to create a lavish hedge-rimmed fountain. The water feature is flanked by trees adorned with carefully shaped spirals of foliage climbing their sturdy trunks.