Structured Garden

Creating your own topiary.

A structured garden, or topiary, is all about creating living structures using greenery. Common topiary shapes include lollipops or standards, pompoms, poodles and spirals, cones and pyramids, hoops and hedging plants. Hedges and evergreen shrubs with small leaves create neat and compact geometric forms.

Beautiful metal frames, like obelisks, pyramids and globes can be placed over plants allowing them to grow within. Frames act as guides to clip plants into precision forms. These bold structures look incredibly impressive especially when repeated.

We have all the hedging plants, evergreen shrubs and other topiary products you need to create your own structured garden.

Structured garden and topiary guide.

Here are our top recommendations for creating your topiary from our range:

Abelia Varieties 

  • Abelia looks exquisite when clipped and can be neatly hedged at any height or shaped as a large shrub
  • 2m x 2m
  • Sun loving


  • Ideal as a formal hedge
  • Buxus is great in containers and looks striking when clipped into tight balls, pyramids and boxes
  • 40cm x 40cm
  • Sun to light shade


  • Use as a short informal hedge
  • Cuphea requires minimal clipping
  • Available in various foliage colours from green to lime
  • 30cm x 30cm
  • Sun loving

Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’

  • Duranta is fast growing and responds very well to clipping
  • Train it into standards, hoops and pyramids
  • 80cm x 40cm
  • Sun loving


  • The Brush Cherry responds very well to topiary
  • Clip and train into spirals, columns, hoops and standards
  • Shape to any size
  • Sun to semi shade

Ficus Varieties

  • From glossy evergreen leaves to variegated varieties
  • Ficus makes a great lollipop standard. Keep roots contained
  • 3m x 2m
  • Sun to semi shade


  • Orange Jasmine is a gorgeous fragrant choice for hedging and topiary
  • Clip into balls, pyramids and standards
  • 2m x 2m
  • Sun to semi shade


  • This indigenous, fast growing, scrambling shrub can be tamed into a beautiful hedge
  • Clip and shape to various heights
  • 3m x 3m
  • Sun loving


  • A large leafy shrub that makes an excellent medium to large hedge
  • Create green walls, balls, pyramids and standards
  • 5m x 4m
  • Sun to semi shade


  • Westringea has beautiful grey foliage and looks exquisite when clipped into tight neat forms
  • 2m x 2m
  • Sun to semi shade

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