Want to create or update a hedge using something other than the ubiquitous English box or Cyprus?
Here a some ideas for creating beautiful hedges using less common plants, to great effect…
There are many varieties of Lily Pily being produced such as Syzygium australe and Syzygium luehmannii that make wonderful hedges. They are native and therefore much better suited to our dry climate. There are many, many cultivars being produced with a wonderful variety of foliage colors to complement their gorgeous, cream blossoms.
The beautiful and fragrant Port Wine Magnolia or Michelia figo can be cultivated as a beautiful hedge.
Creeping Fig, Ficus pumila can be used to quickly cover ugly brick or masonary fences to give the appearance of a low maintenance, neat, dense hedge.
Salt Bush, Rhagodia spinescens, has soft grey foliage and is extremely hardy. With it’s silvery foliage it can be used to great effect as a hedge.
Correa pulchella or Salmon Correa has deep green leaves and punchy salmon pink blossoms. It makes a great, low hedge and as a native, is is very hardy.
Flowering Quince, or Chaenomeles japonica makes a beautiful hedge. It is available in the deep pink/red or white flowering varieties. The blossoms appear before the leaves in late winter and make a stunning herald to spring.
Sasanqua camellias are the fine leaves, prolific flowering camellias with the looser, more adaptable structures that can be encouraged to hedge.
Loropetalum chinense is most commonly seen in its pink form, which has variegated foliage that blends from green to burgundy. It is a common hedging plant in Asia.
Some varieties of Callistemon or Bottle Brush lend them selves beautifully to hedging such as. As natives, they are very hardy. Callistemon ‘Perth Pink’ is a great example.
Leptospermum are commonly known as Manuka or Tea Tree and some varieties lend them selves beautifully to hedging, with their fine foliage, prolific flowers and gorgeous range of colours.
Rose hedges will require ongoing maintenance but are worth the effort for the stunning blossoms and that unbeatable fragrance.
Lemon Scented Myrtle can be cultivated into a hedge and with its scented foliage and soft white blossoms makes a beautiful alternative.