A while ago I wrote about the skillful rejuvenation of an elderly Taxus hedge by Hartney Greymont. The hedge started out looking well past its prime, but since Hartney’s arborists worked on it and a growing season or two had passed or two, it has grown into the healthy lushness that we had envisioned. Mark Bolcome of Leahy Landscaping and I discussed the rejuvenation when we were working on my North Shore landscape refinement project, and he offered to share photos of a Taxus pruning he’d recently done.
Those photos arrived recently, and here they are, another example of how working with mature plants can benefit both the plants and the landscape hosting them. Mark took this undifferentiated mass of green, discovered that it was two different species of Taxus, and pruned the plants to express their particular habits. Nice job, eh?