Hedges in or around home gardens have become quite

Hedges in or around home gardens have become quite popular for a variety of reasons. The most practical ones are for privacy and wind protection. And naturally they lend to the visual structure of the garden.

Orange jessamine (murraya paniculata) is often used and quickly grows into a robust hedge. If you have red soil it may be a little too robust and in summer it has to be pruned often to stop it reaching for the sky. While I love the fragrance of the lovely orange scented blossom it can present a problem if you tend to be allergic to strong fragrances. Photinia is another plant that is very popular as a hedge. Its the one that gets the lovely red tip growth and I am yet to hear of any undesirable vices with it. In our own garden we used one of the psilid resistant varieties of lillypilli with good results.

Its important if planting your hedge (or any other plant for that matter) in an established lawn to remove the turf for a fair bit bigger area than is just big enough to plant each shrub. For example, if you intend planting a hedge six metres long, you will need to prepare a garden seven metres long by 80cm wide.

The Lismore Garden Club June social outing will be a country garden visit and morning tea in the garden of Rosemary Dalton at Rock Valley on Tuesday, June 3. We will travel in a car convoy and meet in Casino Street, South Lismore, opposite Rural Buying, at 8.30am. Please bring a plate of morning tea eats. For information phone me on 6624 7422. The club will also be hosting the Annual Spring Garden Competition again this year in late August and early September. This week we wish to thank our sponsors Norco Nursery and Hardware for their support.

Finally: When I die, I want to go peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather not screaming like the passengers in his car.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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