These shots are from the small but elegantly planted and structured garden outside the entrance to the Turtle Ridge Gallery in Door County, WI. We walked all through and around the exterior plants before we even set foot inside the door of this wonderful shop.
What caught my eye was this pair of topiaries. The owner/gardener was not around so I could not get a definite identification as to species. The could be white pine or Scots pine. I am not good with evergreen id's but the bark reminds me more of Scots pine.
Note the turtle motife in the stone walkway that leads to the shop and the turtle stepping stones that guide you to the bench. Click on the picture to enlarge it so you can see these details.
Using topiary pruning techniques means that you can keep a very large specimen under control and in the scale you want. It's a great way to have cake and eat it, too.