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Hedge Planting - Hedging info & photos

Hedges enclose, provide shelter, structure, privacy, and floral interest.

Planting hedges can often use up large chunks of your budget, so it's vital to choose the right hedging plant or combination of hedge plants for the job. The choice of hedging you could use is enormous. Below are some great hedge plants from New Zealand.

  • Decide what kind of hedge you need - privacy, shelter or subdivision?
  • Think about site conditions - exposed, sheltered, drought, poor soil, sloping?
  • Plant good quality plants - don't be tempted with bargain bin offers... they'll die!
  • After care is important - mulching, irrigation, weeding

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Landscape hedge or shelter / windbreak hedging: 6 - 60 feet tall (2 - 20m)

 

Cortaderia richardii - toetoe hedge
Cortaderia richardii hedge - toetoe.Shelter windbreak hedging, typical hedge height: 2-3m, New Zealand Native plant, fast growing hedge, good coastal choice, good flowering hedge.
Crataegus monogyna - hawthorn, may, quickthorn hedge
Crataegus monogyna hedge - hawthorn, may, quickthorn. Informal boundary hedge, typical height: 1-3m, non-NZ Native, good flowering hedge, burglar deterrent hedging
Dodonaea viscosa - akeake hedging
Dodonaea viscosa hedge - akeake. Shelter windbreak hedging, typical shrub hedge height: 2-4m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal hedging choice, exceptional wildlife hedge.
Griselinia littoralis - broadleaf, papauma, kapuka. hedging
Griselinia littoralis hedge - broadleaf, papauma, kapuka. Shelter windbreak hedging, typical hedge height: 2-4m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal hedging choice.
Leptospernum scoparium - manuka hedge photo
Leptospernum scoparium hedge - manuka. Formal clipped garden hedge or windbreak, typical height: 1.5-4m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal choice, good flowering hedge.
Olearia paniculata - akiraho hedge image
Olearia paniculata hedge - akiraho. Formal clipped garden hedge or windbreak, typical hedge height: 2-4m, New Zealand Native plant, fast growing hedge, good coastal hedging choice.
Phormium tenax - NZ flax, harakeke hedge photograph
Phormium tenax hedge - NZ flax, harakeke. Shelter windbreak hedging. Typical hedge height: 2-4m. New Zealand Native. Good coastal plant choice. Exceptional wildlife habitat.
Pinus radiata - Monterey pine hedge picture
Pinus radiata hedge - Monterey pine. Shelter windbreak hedging, typical hedge height: 5m+, non-NZ Native plant, fast growing hedge, good coastal hedging choice.
Pittosporum crassifolium - karo hedging
Pittosporum crassifolium hedge - karo. Informal boundary shrub hedge, typical hedge height: 2-5m, New Zealand Native plant, good flowering hedge, exceptional wildlife hedge.
Pittosporum eugenioides - lemonwood, tarata hedge photo
Pittosporum eugenioides hedge - lemonwood, tarata. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 3-5m, New Zealand Native plant, fast growing hedge.

 

Garden hedging as a privacy hedge: 4 to 12 feet tall (1.2 to 4m) - click pics for larger photographs

Abelia grandiflora - glossy Abelia hedging
Abelia grandiflora hedge- glossy Abelia. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 2-3m, non-NZ Native plant, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge.

Berberis x ottawensis 'Superba' hedge - barberry. . Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 1-2m, non-NZ Native plant, burglar deterrent hedging.

Choisya ternata hedge - Mexican orange blossom. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 1.5-3m, non-NZ Native plant, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge.

Corokia buddleoides hedge. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 1-2m, New Zealand Native plant, good flowering and fruiting hedge, evergreen hedge.

Corokia x virgata 'Red Wonder' hedge. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 1-2m, New Zealand Native plant, good flowering and fruiting hedge, evergreen hedge.

Desfontainea spinosa hedge. Informal boundary hedge or clipped garden hedge, typical hedge height: 1-2m, non-NZ Native plant, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge, burglar deterrent hedging.
Dodonea viscosa 'Purpurea' - purple akeake as a hedge
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' hedge - purple akeake. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 2-4m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal hedging choice.
Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay' - a great hedge
Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay' hedge. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 2-4m, non-NZ Native plant, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge.
Griselinia littoralis 'Variegata' - broadleaf, papauma, kapuka hedging
Griselinia littoralis 'Variegata' hedge - broadleaf, papauma, kapuka. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 2-3m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal hedging choice.
Hebe cultivars make great hedges
Hebe hedge. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 1-3m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal hedging choice, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge. Many many Hebe species & cultivars available to suit.
Hoheria populnea - lacebark, houhere, ribbonwood - perfect as a boundaru hedge
Hoheria populnea hedge - lacebark, houhere, ribbonwood. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 2.5-5m, New Zealand Native plant, fast growing hedge, good flowering hedge.
Ilex aquifolium - English holly - perfect for formal architectural hedging
Ilex aquifolium hedge - English holly. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 2-5m, non-NZ Native plant, shade tolerant hedge, evergreen hedge, burglar deterrent hedging.
Ligustrum ovalifolium - oval-leaf privet garden hedging photo
Ligustrum ovalifolium hedge- oval-leaf privet hedge. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 1-3m, non-NZ Native plant, fast growing hedge, evergreen hedge.
Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Kathryn' - NZ myrtle - NZ native hedging
Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Kathryn' hedge - NZ myrtle. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 1.5-2.5m, New Zealand Native plant, good flowering hedge.
Melicytus chathamicus syn. Hymenanthera hedge
Melicytus chathamicus hedge syn. Hymenanthera. Informal boundary hedge, typical hedge height: 2-3m, New Zealand Native plant, From the Chatham Islands, so tollerates cold, windy, coastal conditions well
Myrsine australis - red mapou, matipo - a versatile common hedge plant
Myrsine australis hedge - red mapou, matipo. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 2-3m, New Zealand Native plant, good coastal hedge choice, exceptional wildlife hedge.
Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' - red-tipped / Fraser Photinia hedging
Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' hedge - red-tipped / Fraser Photinia. Informal boundary or clipped hedge, typical hedge height: 2-4m, non-NZ Native plant, bright red evergreen new foliage.
Pittosporum tenufolium - kohuhu, matipo hedge plants
Pittosporum tenufolium hedge - kohuhu, matipo. Formal clipped garden hedges, typical hedge height: 2-4m, New Zealand Native plant, evergreen hedge.
Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' - karo hedge photograph
Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' hedge - karo. Informal boundary or clipped hedge, typical hedge height: 2-5m, non-NZ Native plant, fast growing hedge, shade tolerant hedge, evergreen.
Taxus baccata - yew, English yew hedge image
Taxus baccata hedge - yew, English yew hedge. Formal clipped garden hedge, typical hedge height: 1.5-4m, non-NZ Native plant, shade tolerant hedge, evergreen hedge, all parts poisonous.

 

Slow-growing miniature shrub hedges or compact edging plants: 1-4 feet tall (30cm-1.2m)

Buxus sempervirens - box, common boxwood hedging photo
Buxus sempervirens - box hedge, common boxwood. Miniature hedge or edging / formal clipped garden hedge, typical hedge height: 0.4-3m (slow growing), non-NZ Native, shade tolerant hedge.
Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' - confetti bush edging plant photo
Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' - confetti bush hedge. Miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.5-1m, non-NZ Native plant, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge.
Coprosma 'Little Walter' dwarf hedging
Coprosma 'Little Walter' hedge. Miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.5-1m, New Zealand Native plant, unusual chocolate foliage, evergreen hedge.
Coprosma 'Rainbow Surprise' dwarf hedge plant
Coprosma 'Rainbow Surprise' hedge. Miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.5-1m, New Zealand Native plant, very bright colourful foliage, evergreen hedge.
Coprosma rugosa 'Lobster' miniature hedging
Coprosma rugosa 'Lobster' hedge. Miniature hedge or informal garden hedge, typical hedge height: 1-2m, New Zealand Native plant, unusual divaricating orange foliage.
Lavandula angustifolia - English lavender classic edging plant
Lavandula angustifolia - English lavender hedge. Classic scented miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.6-1.2m, non-NZ Native plant, coastal, good flowering hedge.
Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Pixie' - NZ myrtle low hedge
Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Pixie' - NZ myrtle hedge. Miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.3-1m, New Zealand Native plant, good flowering hedge, evergreen hedge.
Santolina chamaecyparis - cotton lavender fragrant hedge
Santolina chamaecyparis - cotton lavender hedge. Miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.5-1m, evergreen hedge, highly scented, aromatic foliage, good coastally.
Teucrium fruticans - shrubby germander herbaceous hedge photo
Teucrium fruticans hedge - shrubby germander. Miniature hedge or clipped garden hedge, non-NZ Native plant, fast growing hedge, good flowering hedge, great silver foliage.
Ugni molinae syn. Myrtus ugni - Chilean cranberry / guava low hedging plant
Ugni molinae syn. Myrtus ugni - Chilean cranberry / guava. Miniature hedge or edging, typical hedge height: 0.6-1.2m, non-NZ Native plant, good flowering hedge, edible fruit.

 

Hedges need not be boring. They can be as unusual, smelly, flowery, tasty, pretty, spiky or utilitarian as you want. Some might think it messy, but I was inspired by this simple garden hedge in Dunedin which uses all sorts of things to make an interesting boundary:

From right to left ... Coprosma repens (looking glass plant), Hebe, Lonicera nitida (boxleaf honeysuckle), Leyland Cypress, Helichrysum, Pseudosasa japonica (Japanese Bamboo)


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