They do have their place in the landscape….Spiraling Juniper’s. They are great for house entrances, they are great next to garage doors. This particular spiraling shrub is a Juniper. Nurseryman also create these topiary’s with Alberta Spruce, however, the Alberta’s are prone to Spider Mites……and you don’t want them!
Maintenance you ask?? Yes, they need to be pruned like that to stay like that. Small hand shears will do the trick. But you have to keep up with them, because if you don’t prune, then they’ll transform into a mis-shaped shrub, eventually!