Not sure how you could use these in your own art, but they were just so cool that I had to share them. Potted topiary forms! It’s just the wire forms in pots, without some vine or shrub growing on them, But, I think that’s part of what makes this trio of vintage line drawings so cool.
These were included in a gardening manual from 1864 that was commissioned by the US government – that means it is in the public domain.
The first topiary form reminds me of a picket fence, if it were built in a circle. The second one is clearly a globe. The third, with the pot reminds me of a helium balloon with a passenger basket below. Whatever images these three topiary forms evoke for you, I hope you’ll find them useful.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.