This week, we've got our garden designer hats on to talk about plant portfolios and more specifically hedging plants.
What's a plant portfolio, I hear you ask?
When garden designers design a garden for a client, they select a range of plants (the plant portfolio) that...
1. suit the conditions
2. suit the clients style
3. suit each other.
In most average sized gardens we are looking at choosing...
Today we will talk about your WALLPAPER - that is what you have around the edges & boundaries of your garden.
First - Hedging plants
Before you plant a hedge ask yourself these questions.
1. How Tall Does This Hedge Really Need To Be?
and then ask yourself
2. Am I Prepared To / Able To Trim It Myself?
3. Can I Afford For Someone To Come At Least Once A Year To Trim It For Me?
Hedges can be expensive things to maintain. If it is screening from neighbours you are needing, do you need screening all along the fencing or would a few strategically positioned trees do the job?
Go out with a measuring tape and measure the height you really need, and then choose a hedging plant that grow to that height.
Our aim is to save you time and money on hedge trimming.
We've listed some hedging plants below with their growth heights that might just fit the bill....
1. Pittosporum 'Mountain Jade' - suitable for smaller spaces
2. Camellia sasanqua setsugekka - single white flowers in winter / early spring
3. Michelia 'Figo' - lovely scented flowers in spring / semi shade
4. Feijoa 'sellowiana' - if you need something which gives autumn fruit
5. Ficus tuffy - bright green emerald foliage, great alternative to Griselinia
6. Griselinia littoralis 'Broadway Mint' - go to North Shore hedging plant, happy kept shorter too.
7. Eugenia ventenatii (lily pily) - quick growing, dark green and glossy with bronze/red new growth
8. Photinia ' Red Robin' - dark green foliage with red new growth
9. Griselinia lucida - large green glossy tropical leaves
Remember, you can choose any hedging plants that you love, but you'll need to keep them under control if their natural size is larger than the spot you have.
A great nursery that provides hedging already grown ready to sink into the ground is Twining Valley Nurseries
Perfect if you lack patience and just want that instant hedging gratification!
If you would like a FREE CONSULTATION for your North Shore garden and advice on hedging email us by clicking here.