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PLANTS FOR HEDGES AND SCREENS

CATEGORIES: Shrubs

Hedges and screens, both formal and informal, have been part of the landscape garden for centuries. They fulfil an important function in defining parts of the garden and transforming the whole garden into smaller compartments. They are often planted on boundaries for privacy and in some instances, for security. Low growing boxed hedges are an integral part of all formal gardens. Most of these plants benefit from regular clipping in their formative years, commencing immediately after planting. This ensures a tight and compact growth habit later in their development. All hedges and screens need to have this habit in order to be fully functional. Regular clipping is essential for all formal hedges from low to tall.

This list contains shrubs suitable for:

LOW box hedging – 30cm to 60cm tall.
MEDIUM shrubs can be contained at around 1m to 2m in height with regular trimming (medium).
TALL hedging shrubs will grow in excess of 2m and may even reach the proportions of a small tree (tall).

Trees are planted as boundary hedges, screens and windbreaks.

Shrubs

Abelia x
grandiflora
GLOSSY ABELIA
Abelia x grandiflora
‘Dwarf Gnome’
DWARF GLOSSY
ABELIA
Abelia x grandiflora
‘Francis Mason’

GOLDEN ABELIA
Aloe arborescens
KRANTZ ALOE
LOW to MEDIUM
glossy_abeliaD
LOW
dwarf_glossy_abeliaE
LOW to MEDIUM
golden_abelia
E
MEDIUM
krantz_aloe
E I T
Bambusa multiplex
HEDGING BAMBOO
 Bougainvillea
hybrids & cultivars
BOUGAINVILLEA
Buxus microphylla
‘Faulkner’

SMALL LEAF BOX
Buxus
sempervirensa

BOX
MEDIUM to TALL
hedging_bamboo
E D
MEDIUM to TALL
bouganvillea
D T
LOW
small_leaf_boxE
LOW
box
E
Callistemon citrinus
‘Endeavour’

BOTTLEBRUSH
Camellia sasanqua
hybrids

AUTUMN FLOWERING
CAMELLIA
Carissa macrocarpa
NATAL PLUM
or AMATUNGULU
Cuphea Mexicana
‘White Wonder’

FALSE HEATHER
MEDIUM to TALL
bottlebrush
E
MEDIUM to TALL
autumn_flowering_camellia
E
MEDIUM
natal_plumE I T
LOW
false_heather
E
Dovyalis caffra
KEI APPLE
Duranta erecta ‘Golden’
GOLDEN DEW DROP
Euphorbia milii
CHRIST THORN
Freylinia tropica 
HONEY BELL BUSH
MEDIUM to TALL
kei_apple
D I T F
LOW to MEDIUM
golden_dewdropE D
LOW
christ_thornD T
MEDIUM
honey_bell_bush
E
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
SHOE BLACK PLANT
Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’
AMERICAN HOLLY
Laurus nobilis
SWEET BAY
Ligustrum ibota
SMALL LEAF PRIVET
MEDIUM
shoe_black_plantE D
MEDIUM to TALLamerican_hollyE
MEDIUM to TALL
sweet_bayE
LOW to MEDIUM
small_leaf_privegtE D
Ligustrum
ovalifolium ‘Aureum’

GOLDEN PRIVET
Mackaya bella
RIVER BELLS
Nandina domestica
SACRED BAMBOO
Photinia x fraseri
‘Red Robin’

RED ROBIN
MEDIUM
golden_privetE D
MEDIUM to TALL
river_bellsE I
MEDIUM
sacred_bambooE D
MEDIUM to TALL
red_robbinE
Pittosporum
tenuifolium

LEMONWOOD
Punica granatum
POMEGRANATE
Pyracantha
‘Orange Charmer’

FIRETHORN
Rhagoda hastata
SALT BUSH
MEDIUM to TALL
lemonwoodE
MEDIUM to TALL
pomegranateE D T
MEDIUM to TALL
firethornE T
LOW to MEDIUM
salt_bushE
Rosa floribunda
‘Knock Out’

ROSE
Rosmarinus officinalis
‘Tuscan Blue’

UPRIGHT ROSEMARY
Spiraea  x arguta
GARLAND MAY BUSH
Spiraea cantoniensis
‘Flora Plena’

CAPE MAY BUSH
MEDIUM
knock_out_rosesD T
LOW
upright_rosemaryE
LOW
garland_may_bushD
MEDIUM
cape_may_bushD
Syzygium pondoense
PONDO
WATER WOOD
Viburnum
odoratissimum

SHINY LEAF SNOWBALL
Viburnum tinus
‘Lucidum’

EVERGREEN VIBURNUM
Westringia fruticosa
AUSTRALIAN
ROSEMARY
MEDIUM
pondo_water_woodE I
MEDIUM to TALL
shiny_leaf_snowballE
MEDIUM
evergreen_viburnumE
LOW to MEDIUM
australian_rosemaryE


DECIDUOUS:
 Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
FRUIT:  Plants which bear fruit that attract birds to the garden.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
THORNS: Plants which bear thorns.

Whilst every care and caution has been taken in compiling these lists in terms of correctness and accuracy, Blackwood’s, nor any of their employees can be held liable or responsible if any of the recommendations are found to be incorrect in any way whatsoever. They are merely a guide to help gardeners and staff in finding solutions to gardening problems. All plants listed may not be available for sale at times. They do however all grow in the greater Pietermaritzburg area and surrounding districts and are to be found growing successfully in gardens.