It might be time for a local hedge renaissance! Here are a few species you could try:
|The underused and underrated Native Holly (Alchornea|
ilicifolia) makes a pleasant low hedge in part shade.
It can be grown under eucalypts.
|White Correa (Correa alba) again! Yes, it's a great|
hedging plant, and happy in sun or part shade. Its
abundant white flowers are a bonus in spring.
|And another of my favourites, Orange Thorn (Pittosporum|
multiflorum), which is very like English Box, with slow
growth and small leaves, suitable for formal hedging.
Photo: Kath Gadd.
|This is Heath Myrtle (Baeckia imbricata) used as a low|
hedge at Wollongong Botanic Garden. It is a fairly
fast-growing species, and while it makes an attractive
hedging plant, its tendency to become leggy is evident here.
|Bolwarra used to screen a house from the nearby|
laneway. This plant has had minimal pruning.
Photo: Leon Fuller.
- the faster growing plants will reach full height sooner, but require more pruning and management down the track to keep to shape. Many will become leggy unless very carefully managed.
- Slower growing species will take longer to reach a good shape and fullness, but are easier to keep in shape once they are mature.
- Pruning is particularly important for larger-leaved species which can become leggy more easily.
- Prickly plants can make good protective hedges but should not be used in areas where prickles or spines risk causing harm.
- Many but not all Illawarra natives respond well to hard pruning. Check carefully before conducting a hard pruning.
- Loose or informal hedges are attractive and interesting alternatives to very neat formal hedges, and often more appropriate for gardens where a naturalistic or informal feel is desired.