Hedges are are used in the Queensland garden for a variety of landscaping purposes, to provide a backdrop to other plants. Uses differ in different areas, in Brisbane and other urban areas they are are used for privacy. In rural areas they are used as windbreaks.
Other uses for Hedging Plants Queensland include
- To divide the garden and hedging can of course provide privacy
- To act as a screening plant.
- As a formal or informal design element.
- To act as a buffer from traffic noise and dust, and to provide shade.
Some are fast growing, others not and before planting consult with a local nursery for recommended varieties. So not much point at looking at what is best suited to the southern states, local conditions will rule and local knowledge will help with best selection.
Species and varieties
When looking for the best hedging plants for the Queensland garden it is essential to select plants that will cope with the particular climate zone.
In the coastal areas of Brisbane and South East Queensland Lily Pilly varieties (syzygium) are particularly adaptable. Dense foliage, growing well in full sun to part shade and easy to prune.
Murraya paniculata is another worth considering, not as tall as the Lily Pilly and a little susceptible for frost, but excellent for a lower hedge. If you do not mind pruning then Plumbago with its pretty flowers is another to consider. Bamboo can make a tall hedge or screen, look for clumping varieties and consider installing a root barrier as well.
Informal tough hedges that will cope with drier inland conditions include many of the Acacia species, Grevillias and Callistemons can all work well. Westringia are also a good choice for a lower growing hedge.
In cooler areas Camellia sasanqua are an excellent choice and a row of Hibiscus can make an excellent semi formal hedge.
Further to the North of Queensland including Cairns and Townsville, is where the more tropical varieties will thrive. Ixora is one for the warmer tropical areas of Queensland and the native Cypress Pine (Callitris intratropica) is worth consideration as a taller screen.
Gardenias, Phyllanthus, Acalypha, Crotons (Codiaeum) and Phaleria are all suited to tropical areas.
Duranta, Viburnum, Bachhousia citriodora, Nandina donestica and Metrosideros species are also worth considering.