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Canberra plants (hedging)

By clp - 18 October 2010 38

So googling – I discovered this discussion on RiotACT from April 2007 about plants the local ABC had suggested for Canberra.  Unfortunately the link from the ABC no longer works.

We’re about to plant a hedge out the front and it has to deal with some shade (our street trees are Pin Oak).

Everyone seems to do Photinia but I’m not sure whether I want that or not.

Pittosporum seems to vary quite a lot.

Any other thoughts?

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SolarPowered 10:25 pm 24 Oct 10

We are considering planting a hedge of Grevillea Poorinda Constance. The hedge needs to be about 2m tall and pretty dense due to privacy. Anyone have an opinion on whether this type of grevillea will work?

clp 3:33 pm 20 Oct 10

I wasn’t sure if you could go as a private person to the state one unless you were in a new suburb (we aren’t) so thats good to know

avengerness 10:35 pm 19 Oct 10

clp said :

I guess I’ll just check out the best options at Rodney’s (oh and great nursery suggestions would be appreciated – am I better off going to Yarralumla?)

We’re also going to plant some deciduous trees as its a fairly decent size garden front and back. What are your favourite canopy suggestions?

Go to the Yarralumla Nursery (the state one) they are really great. Good prices and very knowledgeable staff! I have been out and about looking for good hedge plants and liked the photinia, but wanted to be a little different and not as much pruning. They recommended great tube stock at 12 plants for $65 that will grow 1.5 x 1.8 (perfect for me!!!) and have gorgeous purple flowers.

Major added bonus, a lot of new suburbs have $250 credit for plants at Yarralumla, check with them to see if your eligible!!! I was 🙂

Rodneys has some great sales though! I got a fantastic Cherry Tree there (root stock) but for only $20!!! and it is already showing me a few pretty little cherries budding!!!!

Thumper 9:49 pm 19 Oct 10

No, seriously. I’ve got about 40-50 metres or so of them as a hedge. Okay, a very small hedge at the moment, but they’ll be great in a year or two.

clp 9:07 pm 19 Oct 10

I’m not falling for that trick

Thumper 8:38 pm 19 Oct 10

Leyland Cyprus. Perfect, although you need to prune them often.

clp 8:22 pm 19 Oct 10

I have now heard of both photinias and virburnums smelling like dead meat. I think I will go the photinias though as the hedge won’t be near a path as we have one right by the kerb.

malliemcg 7:55 pm 19 Oct 10

Please for the love of those people who suffer allergies don’t plant Photinia, they’re stinky, make me sneeze and somewhat resistant to sneaky applications of roundup.

spleenville 1:22 pm 19 Oct 10

There are not many topics that I feel qualified enough to comment on but this one is up my alley.

We have a 65 metre (yes, 65!) hedge of paradise blush camelias out the front of our place. (the exact same species as those outside the Crown Plaza). All planted at the same time 7 years ago (by us!), they range in size and health from spectacular to very dissapointing which is not a good look in a hedge. They vary in conditions from out in the open in a low garden bed to under a gum tree in a raised garden bed.

Sadly until they get a good hold on the ground they are problem children. Despite preparing the soil with proper camelia/azalea dirt,we have poured hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of seaweed solution, chelated iron, and slow release osmocote on them over the years. We have also tried three different spray/dripper systems and endlessly varied the watering frquency to find the best result. I even have a 44 gallon drum with syphon hose permanently set up in the front yard to administer their medicine.

I’m sure it will be spectacular in another 7 years but by then it will have robbed me of 14 years of leisure time!

If I had my time again, I would plant Viburnam.

trix 10:42 am 19 Oct 10

All the ones Golden-Alpine recommends. And camellias are nice too, but often require TLC. Don’t get pittosporums, and I’m saying this as a kiwi that loves them in their native environment. They’re boring as hedges and are used by try-hard builders who don’t know anything about plants as an “architectural hedge”.

As for the camellias by the casino/Crowne Plaza, they ARE gorgeous. I just wish they would get someone to do some TLC on the section of the hedge that is currently dying off, and has been for the last couple of years. It might be some kind of fungus, because it hasn’t spread to the section that has a bit of a gap between it and the “sick” part. I hope it doesn’t go into the “too hard” basket — it’s the only thing attractive about that casino.

clp 10:29 am 19 Oct 10

Thanks you’ve all been great help. I think we may do photinia after all as they are quick. I think I will do separate natives rather than hedge with them.

Now any thoughts on Goden Rain Tree? It was a suggested tree to plant.

Parkway Parker 10:05 am 19 Oct 10

+ 1 for rosemary.

Thornless blackberries. Grows fast, will need training and pruning but has delicious fruit.

housebound 9:31 am 19 Oct 10

Give a thought to life expectancy too – the plants’ that is, not your own (although that may matter to you as well).

Some fast growing native species don’t live too long, and might last only 7 to 21 years depending on species and local site and climate conditions. On that basis, avoid westringia (including W. fruticosa), hakea and some grevilleas if you want a long-lasting hedge. Some people get more out of them, but they’re lucky. However, these groups of plants are valued because they are fast growing. just make sure you have a long-lived replacement coming up behind them if you want your screen to last.

Callistemons are longer lived and make excellent hedging plants if given the right love and attention. But be aware that the wrong variety can get straggly very quickly if you don’t look after it. We have two out the front – one has been left to roam free and grow straggly, and the other is a really good dense little bush from years of pruning after flowering.

enrique 6:55 am 19 Oct 10

Oh, and after you decide what variety you want – go to some of the local community markets like trash and treasure at Jamo (does woden still have markets?) and speak to some of the people there that sell plants. Chances are that someone will be able to order in what you are looking for and it will be cheaper then what you will pay at a retail nursery.

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