Successful hedges start with determining your sun, soil and water conditions.
A sun-loving hedge is not going to be lush & fully leaved out to the ground if planted in partial shade. It may 'tolerate' partial shade, but don't expect it to look its best.
And even some 'sun-loving' plants, don't necessarily stand up to the harsh Florida sun -- preferring a little partial shade during the worst of the afternoon heat.
While not an exhaustive list, here's a few hedge ideas to start you thinking:
forms a dense, evergreen hedge; broad leathery but glossy leaf with shiny/waxy, lustre appearance to the leaves;
very durable plants; does best in full sun; tolerates partial shade;
not as fast growing as many other hedge options; grows 6-12' tall, but can be kept trimmed; We used to call it "Emerald Lustre" or "mirrow leaf" viburnum;
Emerald Lustre Vibernum:
Ruby Loropetalum flowers
There are at least 3 kinds of loropetalum, each useful for a different purpose in the landscape: 'ruby', 'plum' and 'zhuzhou'.
'Ruby' Lorepetalum -- grows up to 6' tall and has brilliant pink blossoms on new growth;
'Plum' Lorepetalum -- prettiest when kept trimmed to 2.5-4' tall; Blossoms on this cultivar are a deep purple.
grows up to 10-12' tall if untrimmed; fast growing; rich pink blossoms on new growth -- nearly the same color tone as the 'ruby' loropetalum; total fertilizer hog; can be shaped into a small tree with multiple trunks and a canopy nearly as wide as it is tall if desired; Also makes an attractive privacy hedge.
at 10-12' tall this is the tallest growing variety
ruby loropetalum up close
Gardenias like full sun to partial/filtered sun; and love extra nitrogen -- so heap on the composted chicken manure for best performance. Gardenias are acid-loving plants that grow best in a soil pH of 5.0 to 6.0. If soil pH is higher, you'll need to amend with a little extra iron, because under more alkaline conditions the iron may not be available to the plant.
And don't forget to put a sprinkler hose under the line of plants if you don't have formal irrigation!
Augusta Mystery: grows 5-7' tall at maturity, 4-5' wide;
With dark green evergreen foliage, Augusta Mystery stays pretty all winter and produces fragrant, double white flowers. Hardiest of the gardenia varieties.
Most 1g size are about 12-14" tall; 3g are usually 22"x16".
Augusta Beauty: grows 4-6' tall;
Double Mint: new patented variety -- a bit scarce;
grows 3' tall; produces 2.5-3" flowers;
Double flowering gardenias
Photo courtesy Wikipedia
Sweet Viburnum grows 8-15' tall and is an excellent fast-growing evergreen hedge or screening plant.
It has leathery bright green, ovate leaves, and small white fragrant flowers in spring. It's black berries are attractive to birds. Loves full sun, tolerates partial shade.
Azaleas love partial shade -- too much shade means less flowers. Some varieties like Southern Charm & Formosa Red will thrive in full sun IF they are watered daily -- really soaked as in a soaker hose or irrigation.
Both Southern Charm (pictured here) and Formosa Red will mature at about 6' high.
This viburnum is a native of Okinawa, Japan, and actually does quite well in full shade. Tolerates 'part sun' too.
Likes it moist -- so water well.
Grows 6-12' tall and equally as wide if untrimmed: plant it on 3' centers for a quick hedge.
Much smaller leaf than the viburnum awabuki shown above.
more coming soon !
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