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Cuphea Mexicana ‘White Wonder’

False Heather

cuphea mexicana

Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they remain popular, especially with the resurgence of Tuscan and Victorian landscape styles.

One of the key components of these formal designs is low, clipped hedges like the Cuphea that edge the geometric patterns or shapes. These are often referred to as box or boxed hedges. Careful selection of the right plant types for the scale and size of the garden and the climatic conditions are paramount to successful formal hedging. The following selection includes all the most suitable subjects for a broad range of South African garden conditions. For further information on your particular area, consult with your local garden centre or nursery.

Cuphea has tiny, lance-shaped leaves in a lustrous, light green colour and bears small, white, tubular flowers almost continually. Space plants at 25 cm intervals and grow to a height of 20 to 30 cm, with a suggested base width of 20 to 25 cm. This evergreen plant is quick-growing and suited to warm sub-tropical climates.

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