Hedges have a variety of uses in landscape. A hedge can be used as a screen to hide a fence or to private privacy from the street or neighbours, a border around gardens to compliment or used as part of a path to guide visitors through your garden.
When choosing plants for your hedge you must first consider the following facts:
- Climate - Choose a plant that will tolerate seasonal conditions like frost, heavy rain, coastal winds, hot and cold temperatures and most importantly surviving the drought.
- Height - Hedges can be tall or short so choose your plants according to the height you want them to grow to.
- How many plants do I need? - In principal to achieve a thick, bushy hedge quickly it is advisable to distance the plants approx 1/2 the width of the plant apart. For example if the plant is 40cm wide the spacing would be 20cm. For a smaller hedge or slow growing hedge it is recommended that you plant much closer.
- Keeping your plants as a hedge - Pruning your plants in the first few years is a important part of forming a dense hedge. In principle you should prune at least one third off each time you prune. This will ensure new growth particularly at the base of the plant.