Clipped and cropped
Formal contemporary gardens are simple and elegant and brought under control by the use of clipped hedges, borders, parterres, mounds and blocks. We have some really great indigenous plants that do the job just as well as the more slow-growing traditional, exotic Buxus or Boxwood. For the typical deep, green clipped low hedging, use Searsia (Rhus) crenata instead. It is a big shrub but behaves very well when clipped to a low hedge about 50cm tall. It can also be grown into large clipped shapes very well. For a softer, paler green, we use clipped hedges, topiary and pots of Rhagoda hirsuta (Salt bush) which adds a beautiful contrast to the deeper greens in the garden. For larger clipped hedges and garden dividers, we use clipped or planted hedges of Bladdernut (Diospyros whyteana, a tree), Buddleja auriculata, Ochna serrulata, Pavetta gardeniifolia and Carissa macrocapra. Some indigenous Syzigium species also work very well as low or medium sized hedges and structural garden elements.