Formal Need Not Mean Thirsty
I’m always on the lookout for a climate appropriate plant that can function in a more orderly, formal fashion since it is a style some of my clients will ask for. I was walking and was struck by the beauty of this lovely formal garden edged in Westringia fruticosa. Westringia being from Australia is pretty darn happy in our climate and not too greedy about the water. If the right variety of Westringia is used (i.e., ‘Mia’s wonder’ or ‘Highlight’) a perfectly sized 3-4′ wide rounded boarder is formed with minimal pruning, thus minimal green waste. Voila!
Other great garden performers for formal hedges include:
- Pittosporum crassifolium ‘Compactum’ (super Australian performer, rounded shape 2-3′ wide)
- Rosemary (smaller growers like ‘Roman Beauty’)
- Correa (a gorgeous evergreen shrub from Australia with drooping bell shaped flowers)
- Lavender ‘Goodwin Creek’ (gorgeous compact grower)
- Artemesia pycnocephala ‘David’s Choice (California native with low mounding silvery soft foliage)
- Monardella villosa (California native commonly known as Coyote Mint, good for “informal” formal).
I’d let you know when I think of some more. Better yet, tell me your pick for a climate appropriate formal hedge.