Hibiscus flower close up and as a flowering hedge

Hibiscus – Get the Right Variety

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You will see a lot of Hibiscus varieties planted as single specimen plants in many parts of Australia. Their flowers come in almost as many colours as roses, some the size of dinner plates. Get your aspect right as they become especially leggy in shady situations and also keep in mind these plants are synonymous with Hawaii for a reason – they won’t take frost. With so many varieties on the market (some deciduous), it’s important to get the right one for your situation.

If you’re daring enough to grow a Hibiscus hedge, plan for it to be wide, fairly tall and not too formal. There are bushier cultivars that hedge well, but you will still need space to get functional – and beautiful – results from them.

Biggest Positives: The blooms are spectacular

Biggest Negatives: Only for the tropics and sub-tropics, mostly large leafed so don’t go for a low hedge.


NameHibiscusToo many to mention
LeafNewDark to Lime Green
OldDark to Lime Green
SizeMedium - Large
SizeMedium to Dinner Plate
Time of YearSummer
AgeingQuite Good Given Size. Flowers tend to Shrivel
SizeHeight1.5 - 6m
Width1cm - 3m
RateGenerally Fast
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If you do have a gappy or leggy hedge, rather than start again or hacking it back in an effort to bush it out, try under-planting with a dwarf or small shrub. Make sure of your aspect as it could be shaded by the hedge. Correas (native) or Dwarf Agapanthus are a fantastic option for this.

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