7 Excellent Screening Hedges via A Gardener’s Thoughts & Fancies

Our new neighbors want to plant a hedge between the houses, so I went off and did some research of some of the best hedge plants for Southern California. There is a lot of great information in this article. Give it a read before you plant your new hedge. — Douglas

7 Excellent Screening Hedges | A Gardener's Thoughts & Fancies

Ficus Nitida and Ficus Benjamina are not the solution.

Whenever a client asks about installing a hedge they’re usually thinking of planting a row using Ficus Nitida (Retusa) or Benjamina.  They have been Southern California’s “go to” trees for privacy hedges for decades, but there are a number of reasons to pass them by. They can be very invasive and their roots grow close to the surface, damaging sidewalks. While they grow fast, they need frequent trimming and are not drought-toelerant. They require a substantial amount of water to establish and a moderate amount once established.

What follows is information on seven excellent hedges provided by the  North Park Nursery. If you’re thinking about adding a hedge and are concerned about how it will behave and how much water it will consume, here is valuable information about the best plant material for the job.

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Colorful Succulent

Colorful Succulent

Colorful Succulent

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Tomatoes from the container garden

Tomatoes from the container garden

Tomatoes from the container garden

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Cactus with yellow flower

Cactus with yellow flower

Cactus with yellow flower

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Cactus Macro 2

Cactus macro 2 

Cactus Macro

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Sempervivum

Sempervivum

Sempervivum

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Succulent closeup

Succulent closeup

Succulent closeup

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Cactus flower

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Cactus flower

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Hibiscus Macro

Hibiscus Macro

Hibiscus Macro

Up close and personal with a hibiscus in the garden this morning.

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Finally, a new fence in the garden!

We have wanted to replace the broken-down wooden fence on our north property line almost since we moved in 20 years ago, but for a variety of reasons we were never able to make it happen. This week though a young couple became our new neighbors and a new fence was one of the first things on their improvement list. Even better, they were willing to split the cost AND they wanted exactly the type of fence I had been planning for — a nice white, low/no maintenance vinyl fence. We quickly decided on the style of fence and they had personal connections to an installer so just 2 days later — yesterday — they started. Today they are nearly finished. They only thing left to install is the new front gates once the cement on the posts has cured a bit and the decorative caps for the posts.

New Fence 1 In Progress

New fence 2 New Fence 3

New Fence 4

As you can see from the photos, this makes a dramatic change to this part of the garden and improves the look of everything. The green plants stand out more against the white fence instead of blending into the brown of the old one. We also won’t have to deal with portions of the fence toppling over whenever we have a bit of wind. Overall we are really pleased with the fence, our new neighbors and how easily the project came together.




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