PLANTS FOR HEDGES AND SCREENS
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.
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.