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Camellia Species – The Differences

Camellias make a great hedge. The most popular hedging variety is Camellia Sasanqua. The other two Camellia species - Japonica and Reticulata - can be used as hedges but they're not as prevalent as Sasanquas, for reasons we'll delve into shortly. The table at the bottom of this article shows a quick guide to the differences. Camellia Sasanqua Sasanquas are the most common Camellia used for hedging purposes. This is largely due to a smaller leaf than their cousins, as well as a tighter ...

Gaps in my Hedge

Looking through images on the internet, you'll find photos of perfectly trimmed hedges with foliage from the top of the plant, all the way to the base. No gaps here! The reality is a little different in many cases. Why? Two reasons. Not getting it right from the time of planting through to maturity, and an emphasis on narrow. Background of "Hedge Plants" Hedge plants are so named because plants that fall into that category have certain characteristics. Our "Common" (or "Everywhere") ...

When to Plant Your Hedge

When to plant a hedge can be a matter of when is best for you and the time you have. If you're taking the plants into consideration the best time to plant out a hedge row is now - Autumn (in the Southern Hemisphere any way). Why Plant in Autumn and not Spring? While the air temperatures of a gardener's two favourite seasons are fairly similar, the soil temperature is vastly different.  A Spring planted hedge will start life in soil that's still cool from the recent winter months. Just like ...

To Edge or not to Edge?

When thinking about planting, it's easy to assume that the costs will be limited to plants, soil, maybe some fertiliser or seaweed solution, and a weekend's hard digging and planting. Generally, people want their hedges to form part of the landscape of their property, to add value even. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Based on that, and for the sake of avoiding alot of hassles later, make sure you think about the edge of your hedge line from the start. If you're ...

Does it Match?

A hedge or boundary should be in keeping with the frontage of a property. The more formal and sleek the design of a property, the more the hedge or boundary should be in keeping with it. This week's image shows one of our favourite trees, the Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica and this one no doubt in the Indian Summer range), used as a mass planting in front of a formally renovated house with sleek lines. The Crepe Myrtle's beauty will never be argued by us - wonderful floral displays in ...

After Planting Your Hedge

It's worth remembering that creating a hedge is not as simple as dig a hole, stick a few hedge plants in the ground and she'll be apples. To get your row of hedge plants from a 200mm pot to a tight hedge takes time, but you can give it a push along by giving it all the help you can from the day you plant onwards. The day you plant your hedge Water it in well before and after you mulch your hedge. Watering well means watering to the point where there is some surface water left around the ...