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Best Native Plants for Screening
Dodonaea

Best Native Plants for Screening

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Are you looking to add a touch of privacy to your garden with native Australian hedges, but unsure which ones to choose? In the vast flora of Australia, many native…
Lilly Pilly Hedges
Lilly Pilly Hedges

What Soil Type Do Lilly Pilly Hedges Need?

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Lilly pilly hedges, known for their vibrant foliage and robust growth, are widely admired in gardens across Australia. Their ability to create dense, attractive screens has made them a favourite…
Caring For Hedges
Caring For Hedges

Caring For Hedges

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Informal yet dense hedges have been used for centuries as wind breaks, privacy screening and fences. They worked well were space was plentiful. Tightly clipped hedges on the other hand…
Choosing A Hedge Trimmer
Choosing A Hedge Trimmer

Choosing a Hedge Trimmer

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There are plenty of different hedge trimmers available these days but how do you know which is best for you? If you have a lot of hedges or very large…
Flowering Hedges
FLOWERING HEDGES - BY KATE WALL

Flowering Hedges

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Hedges are usually loved for their lush dense green nature. New foliage may be coloured as with many lily pillies or photinia, or variegated or coloured foliage such as nandina…
Formal vs Informal Hedges
FORMAL VS INFORMAL HEDGES - BY KATE WALL

Formal vs Informal Hedges

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The key difference between a formal and an informal hedge is how tightly it is clipped. A formal hedge is usually very tightly clipped and kept very neat. An informal…
Hedge Pests & Diseases
HEDGE PESTS & DISEASES - BY KATE WALL

Hedge Pests & Diseases

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Hedge plants are usually selected for their ability to withstand constant pruning and form dense compact plants. Many hedge plants are also very hardy which contributes to their success as…
Hedges For Small Or Narrow Spaces
HEDGES FOR SMALL OR NARROW SPACES

Hedges For Small Or Narrow Spaces

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With the rapid decline in the size of urban gardens, plants that will perform well in small spaces are becoming preferred. All garden styles are becoming downsized and required to…
Hedging Tips
Choosing A Hedge Trimmer

Hedging Tips

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Running a hedge trimmer over a row of shrubs might make them look much neater and may even look like a hedge, but for a great hedge, a little extra…
Lilly Pilly Hedge
LILLY PILLY HEDGE

How To Select A Lilly Pilly Hedge

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Lilly pillies make excellent hedges and being a widespread and hardy native plant makes them an ideal hedge choice for Australia. There are many cultivars available and new varieties being…
Natives For Hedges
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Natives For Hedges

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We may not automatically think of Australian native plants for hedge options, but we should. The advantage of using natives is undoubtedly climate suitability. Australian gardens in general face fairly…
Restoring An Old Hedge
old hedge restoration

Restoring An Old Hedge

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Hedges are usually considered long lived garden features. A lot of work usually goes into growing and shaping a hedge and therefore once we have it just right we tend…
Screening Out The Neighbours
Screening Out

Screening Out The Neighbours

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One of the most common uses for hedges in modern gardens is for screening. This may be to create privacy in our gardens, or block unsightly views, or even to…
Spacing Plants for a New Hedge
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Spacing Plants For A New Hedge

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It can be difficult to know how many plants are needed to create a new hedge, especially as putting in new plants which are small and seemingly a long way…
How To Plant A Hedge
PLANT A HEDGE

How To Plant A Hedge

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When starting a new hedge, you may well succeed in creating a privacy screen simply by sticking a few matching plants into the ground nearby each other, but for a…