Hedging & Screening
Hedges are used to create outdoor rooms, to block off the sun, to create a windbreak, to screen an unattractive view or to create a living wall. Creating a thick hedge or screen acts like a fence, keeping things in and keeping others out. Remember plants can be selected for hedging that have coloured foliage, scented to non scented flowers, edible fruit and berries, and bird attracting.
Here are some factors to take into consideration when planning to grow a hedge or screen:
- How tall would you like the hedge or screen
- What width do you want to achieve eg is the hedge behind a garden bed or along a drive way
- What is your soil type – heavy clay to sand, quality of drainage
- Will it be full sun or shade
- You will need to feed your hedge- water, fertilisers and mulch
- Ensure you have the right tools and products to maintain the hedge or screen
Grows to 4m-5m tall x 2m wide in ideal conditions. Bright red new growth. White puffy flowers and edible berries. It is psyllid resistant. Loves regular, light pruning during the growing months, rather than a once-a-year hacking of the bush provides a much more effective dense thick screening hedge you’re after.
Syzygium Aussie Southern
Grows to 4-5m tall x 2m wide in ideal conditions. Olive green new growth. White puffy flowers and edible berries. Creates a great screen or tall hedge when clipped to shape on a regular basis
Syzygium Hinterland Gold
Grows to 3m tall x1.5 wide. Can be kept as low as 1.5m. A dense upright shrub, with mid-sized glossy golden leaves. Useful in narrow areas where space is limited or as smaller hedges to define areas in the garden. White fluffy flowers followed by red fleshy berries. Clipping is only minimal as it has a naturally uniform habit.
Height 3m x 1.5m A compact, bushy, large Australian native shrub with glossy dark green foliage and flushes of bronze-tinged new growth.Fast growing and responding well to pruning and shaping, this is a great plant for hedging, screening, topiary work and pots. produes white fluffy flowers and edible berries.
Syzygium Baby Boomer
Height1.5m x 1m A neat growing lilly pilly, perfect for a sort hedge or border plant, also ideal for topiary. Features flushes of bronze coloured new growth following trimming
Height 3-5m x 1.5-2m A weeping habit that requires a little more early trimming if your aim is to create a formal hedge. Its best feature is the bright pink new pendulous growth. Cascade has attractive pink flowers which are much larger than the other hedging lillypillies
Mock Orange Grows to 3m tall x 1.5m wide. The creamy white flowers smell like orange blossom and are produce in abundance from spring right through to autumn. Light prune 3-4 times a year, with a final prune in Autumn after flowering.
Raphiolepis Indica Alba- Height 2m x 1m. It is a compact broadleaf evergreen shrub native to southern China. It produces clusters of fragrant white flowers intermittently from spring through summer. Indian hawthorn likes full sun and fertile, well drained, slightly acidic soil. Use it as a low hedge or as a backdrop for a flower border. It does well in shade or sun but growth will be more compact and faster when grown in full sun.
Height 1-3m x Width 1,5m. A medium shrub with colourful pink/red/cream variegated foliage, bears small single deep red flowers. It is suitable for use as hedges or as a specimen plant. Plant in a well drained sunny position.
Height 1.5-2m. A fast-growing tropical shrub. Cascading white flowers appear in late spring and throughout the year. Duranta is an extremely easy-to-grow shrub. Full sun is best for these shrubs Overall habit of duranta tends to be semi-weeping, but you can keep the plant manicured to rounded shrubs/hedge. Does well in containers.
Duranta Blue Cascade
Height 2m x width 1.5m. Compact shrub, pendulous blue orchid like flowers. It has a dense habit when kept trimmed into a hedge. Grows in full sun to part shade.
Duranta Sheena Gold
Height 3m x 1.5m wide. Duranta needs full sun to attain it's beautiful golden coloured foliage, but will grow well in a partly shaded area and leaves will be a beautiful lime green colour. It has a dense habit and is happy to be kept cut as a low to medium size hedge. It can also be trained into a small tree with a single trunk.
Height 4-5m width 2m. Distinctly large leathery oval green leaves with red new growth. Fragrant small white flowers in spring. Its dense foliage is ideal for hedging/screening and can be pruned to shape. Can also be pruned into a small feature tree or pot patio plant. An excellent background plant and fill for difficult positions in the garden. It will withstand salty, coastal air. Well drained soils- raised garden beds
Viburnum 'Emerald Lustre'
Height 4m Width 2m. Large leathery bright green lustrous foliage. Large clusters of white flowers attract anything that likes nectar and the whole plant can buzz and vibrate with nectar action in a big flowering season. A great screening / hedging plant Can be pruned to desired shape and height. Well drained soils, part shade to full sun
Ligustrum undulatum. Height 1.5m x 1m Fast growing compact evergreen hedging shrub. It is a tough easy to care for hedging plant that is great for pruning and clipping, topiary and formal garden styles, along a fence line, path or driveway.