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Shield Your Home’s Privacy with Screening & Hedging Plants


Do you ever feel the need to protect the privacy of your home from unwelcome gazes? You don’t need to spend heavily on constructing a wall or a fence to prevent these stares.  Grow some fast-growing hedges which will act as a dense screen to block any unwanted attention. Additionally, colourful foliage and attractive flowers of these plants add to the visual appeal of your home.

Some of the commonly grown hedging and screening plants do not need much nurturing and grow quick and thick. You need to trim and clip these plants as per your creativity to give your home and lawn a classy and unique look.

Red Robin: The hardy shrub Red Robin, if left unpruned, can grow to a height of up to 12 feet making it a colourful screen. Pruned, these act as bright hedges with dense foliage of bright green and new red leaves.

Conifers: Another landscaper’s delight, conifers serve many purposes.  From trees that can be used to line the cobblestoned pavement, or as screens to guard privacy to round-shaped or even ground-level plants to add to the overall ambience, conifers come in many shapes and sizes. This almost evergreen, hardy plant with shapely foliage and a fragrance of its own is a gardener’s ultimate hedging and screening plant.

Japanese Box: Among the slow-growing boxwood shrubs, Japanese Box has a faster growth. Best suited for small hedging, these shrubs with glossy leaves are low on maintenance and preferred for topiary.

Orange Jasmine: This hedge shrub with its glossy leaves and aromatic flowers, though ornamental, can be grown as an effective way to create colour and fragrance.

Dwarf Lilly Pilly: An classic shrub with dense and colourful foliage and attractive flowers have edible fruits and are Ideal for hedging and topiary too.

Evergreen hedges and screens, in addition to shielding from unwelcome stares, also act  as perfect sound barriers preventing the force of howling winds and protecting against snow ( to a lesser extent.)

As per your requirement, decide the type of tree or shrub you plan to grow. Consider the availability of space while deciding on the number of rows (the more the number of rows, the denser the growth) you would like to grow.

Trees can be left alone to grow as screens. Shrubs will have to be trained after a few seasons to give the desired shape and look. Well-pruned hedges can add a charming mystery to your home.

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Benefits of Ornamental Plants

Plants – ornamental or edible – help sustain life on the Earth.  Indoor and outdoor plants improve the aesthetics of our homes and offices, and also contribute towards a greener planet.  While edible plants add in a big way towards our nutritional sustenance (sense of taste), ornamental plants appeal to some of our other senses benefitting us in numerous ways.

Visual Appeal:  Ornamental/flowering plants – climbers, creepers, hedge plants, or garden plants – are all pleasing to the eyes. Additionally, some may provide shade while others help protect privacy. Few plants appeal to the olfactory sense while others add elegance to our home. Jasmine, Lavender, and other aromatic flowers appeal to both visual and olfactory senses.

A pathway lined with ornamental conifers, pines, or palms can be pleasing and calming at the same time.

Natural Air Purifiers: Plants act as natural filters and purify the air during photosynthesis.  Having few ornamental plants in pots, baskets, or containers in the living room will improve the oxygen content of the air inside the house. Higher oxygen content contributes towards better health.

Create own ecosystem:  Pollinating agents like insects, birds, bats etc. as regular visitors adds to the charm of a flowering garden.

Prevent soil erosion: Many beautifully-textured ornamental grasses used for landscaping can help prevent soil erosion. Trees like pines, firs, willows etc. are good for hillside gardens.

Improve concentration:  Nature with its bountiful flora and fauna has always been believed to improve concentration. Studies suggest that having indoor plants at homes, offices, and schools could aid in bettering memory and concentration resulting in better productivity.

Reduce stress: People believe that indoor plants in offices may reduce the stress level among employees raising their efficiency and output.

Happiness Factor: Just looking at a blooming flower or a swaying palm tree increases one’s happiness quotient. Studies suggest that fitness exercises and recreational activities performed in the lap of nature – among plants and flowers – contribute to the overall wellbeing of the performer.

Home Remedies: Roots, leaves, stems, or flowers of some ornamental plants like Calendula, Lavender etc. are considered good old grandma’s home remedies for many small ailments.

Almost everyone talks about global warming, climate change, and the resultant natural disasters. To overcome this manmade mess, the need of the hour is more green cover.  Improve the charm and elegance your home and garden by growing few ornamental or edible plants of your liking; reap the benefits and contribute towards a greener planet.

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Spectacular Beauty of Camellias for Your Garden

Camellias are one of the most beautiful flowering plants that can transform your garden into a magical realm. The biggest attraction of all camellias is versatility as there are a great number of them, and each is spectacular in its unique beauty. Many of the varieties will allow you to create a hedge that will look truly magnificent while in bloom. However, there are some species are small enough to grow in hanging baskets.

We offer a wide range of camellia varieties here, at Evergreen Growers. However, there are several things you should keep in mind to successfully cultivate camellias on Australian soil.

The following pointers will help you:

Find a semi-shaded spot

Camellias need sunlight to form the flower buds they are famous for, but both their leaves and flowers can easily burn under the scorching sun. Therefore, you should plant them in a semi-dark spot. Place the bushes in an area where they will be protected from the worst of the midday sun. Be careful not to plant them too close to walls due to heat reflection, or right next to big trees as their large roots will cause much interference. You should also remember that these elegant plants don’t deal with the wind well, so they will require strong protection from this element.

Provide it with slightly acidic soil

In theory, camellias can grow in a variety of soils, from gardens with plenty of organic matter to heavy soils loaded with clay particles. The latter occurs in some areas of China where these deceptively frail-looking beauties successfully grow in the wild. The perfect setting for your new batch of camellias is slightly acidic soil that offers good drainage around the roots. If you already have azaleas and gardenias flourishing in your garden, camellias will thrive as well.

Water when young

One of the most amazing things about these plants is that they are surprisingly resilient to extended periods of heat, which makes them the perfect choice for many areas of Australia. However, the plant gains this resilience over time. While your camellias are young, they will require a deep watering at least once a week.

Don’t overdo it

Overwatering is as deadly to camellias as overfeeding. These plants are remarkably undemanding and will actually grow better if left alone most of the time. A wise choice of location and an occasional deep watering, as well as some heavy pruning, will provide you with a garden full of amazingly beautiful flowers.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to learn more about camellia species offered by Evergreen Growers.

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Autumn: time to take stock and plan ahead in the garden

Preorder now for the Coastal Tea tree!

As the autumn equinox passes us by, here Down Under its time to take stock of the garden, do some clearing out, set the beds and plan ahead. Who said autumn was a time for gardeners to relax?

Luckily here at Evergreen Growers we understand that autumn, despite being the harbinger of cooler weather to come, is hardly the time of year to stop work in the garden. We understand are still looking to take advantage of some remaining warmth to get in some plants for the next year. Continue reading Autumn: time to take stock and plan ahead in the garden

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Flowering plants and climate change: will they adapt?

Deciduous trees

At this time of year gardeners always start to think towards the future. What to plant for the upcoming summer months, how to plan the garden for the New Year — whether to put in that new garden bed, what to grow and how much tubestock to order from Evergreen Growers to fill those gaps in the hedge, beds and backyards.

However thinking towards 2014 may also give the gardening fraternity pause for wider thought. What about the big picture? Continue reading Flowering plants and climate change: will they adapt?

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The NZ Christmas Bush: all the colours of the festive season

The glorious NZ Christmas Bush has all the colours of Christmas.

A number of Australian plants and shrubs often associated with this time of year are the ones known as the Christmas Bush. Confusingly there are a number under this name though they are different species. One example is the Victorian Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos), another is the NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum)Continue reading The NZ Christmas Bush: all the colours of the festive season

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The magnificent Jacaranda

The stunning Jacaranda. Makes a mess though!

Gazing out of the local library window, while working in the recently devastated town of Springwood, I noticed a beautiful Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimisofolia) tree in full bloom.

The stunning purple flowers seemed to offer a sign of hope and even escapism to residents of this Blue Mountains town, west of Sydney where nearly 200 homes were destroyed by bushfire just a month ago.

Continue reading The magnificent Jacaranda

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Watering smart: the key to healthy plants

Daffodils. Note the mulch.

As temperatures rise over the long weekend, one of the perennial questions asked by gardeners is when and for how long should I water my garden? Whether its that native tubestock you recently purchased or a punnet of seedlings, correct methods of watering may make the difference between their survival or demise. Continue reading Watering smart: the key to healthy plants

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Using flowering tubestock plants to help attract bees

Hard-working European bee extracts nectar.

All gardeners, particularly those who also grow vegetables, understand the important role bees play. Many readers will also have heard of the threat bees face to their very existence with allegations that pesticides have decimated bee populations abroad.

While the same problems haven’t yet hit Australia in quite the same way, gardeners understand that protection — and encouragement — of their most efficient pollinators are essential to the health of the garden. Continue reading Using flowering tubestock plants to help attract bees

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Using Photinia plants as a hedge to enhance your garden

The Photinia Red Robin. Now available from Evergreen Growers.

As the promise of warmer days starts to turn into reality, many gardeners are beginning to think of updating, or re-planning, the look of their garden. This may include the addition of an attractive hedge as a privacy screen or just to enhance the existing trees, shrubs and flower beds. One of the best shrubs for this purpose are the versatile and colourful photinia plants. Continue reading Using Photinia plants as a hedge to enhance your garden