Does it Match?

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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 late Summer and into Autumn, fiery foliage colour before winter, and smooth cinnamon coloured bark make it a beautiful tree.

It’s suckering habit, arching branches and tendency to multi-branch from the base make it a great choice for a specimen tree, but not a formal hedge or boundary. A more formal Lilly Pilly, Murraya or Photinia hedge behind the fence and a Crepe Myrtle as a specimen tree in the front yard may have been a better choice.

We’ll endeavour to take the same photograph come winter to see how the landscape changes.

If you’re looking for a more formal tree for mass planting try a Flowering Pear variety (Pyrus) although beware of their mature height and remember they’ll be bare in Winter.

1 Reply to "Does it Match?"

  • Mary Stapleton February 24, 2016 (3:35 am)

    Very useful and practical information on a diverse range of topics – thank you.

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