I bought four 10 inch yew trees in Tesco a month or so back. They were 40p each and had been a bit neglected but I've resurrected them. I can't resist a bargain and I've got green fingers so I can normally bring things back from the brink.
The plan was to use them for some topiery in pots, maybe spirals. Anyone tried?
I asked DH what he thought I should do with them and he said to grow it in to a massive knob
Not yew, but I absolutely love topiary and have grown tiny box cuttings into several shapes before. The key is to just lightly trim them all over in the first year or so, so that they bush up, then you can start shaping them.
I lightly trim them all over twice a year until I have a bushy plant of about the size that I want to shape. Then start shaping. No idea if this is the right way, but it has worked really well for me. Good luck!