Think topiary is only for (a) formal gardens, (b) landmark English estates, or (c) Disneyland? Think again! Topiary, the art or practice of clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes, can transform your front door, deck, containers, beds, and borders from “that’s nice” to “that’s fabulous” without even so much as a hint of preciousness or pretension. Here are eight inspiring uses of topiary that flat out show the joy of using this fun, curvy-swervey garden element, along with a few plant suggestions. Consult your local garden center for the best choices for your particular region.