Want privacy from the neigbours? You don’t need to move to a remote location and you don’t need to build a tall ugly wall or fence. Instead there are many nice hedges you can use to avoid the neighbours’ curious eyes.
Huge Screens – 8-10 meters
(Great if you want to screen an acreage or a two storey house)
1. Acmena Smithii – A very fast growing Australian native which is drought tolerant
2. Syzygium Australe – An Australian native which is hardy and drought tolerant
3. Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘Leightons Green’ – A conifer with beautiful blue foliage
Large Screens – 3-6 meters
(Fast growing and great for meduim sized backyards)
1. Acmena Smithii ‘Minor’ – A hardy Australian native
2. Golden Cane Palm – A clumping palm with beautiful golden foliage
3. Photinia Robusta – A dense hedge with thick red folage
Medium Screens – 2-3 meters
(Easy to maintain and for any backyard)
1. Murraya Paniculata – A dense dark green hedge
2. Syzigium Cascade – A hardy Australian native
3. Viburnum Odoratissimum – Big lime green leaves
How far apart to space your plants for a hedge?
When working out what distance to space your plants, follow the 3 to 1 rule of thumb. This is the height you want the hedge to grow (3) with the distance you plant them apart (1). So if you want a 6 meter hedge you should space the plants 2 meters apart, and if you want a 2 meter hedge space the plants at 65cm apart.