Hedges are ideal boundary screens, providing a living barrier for privacy, security, shelter and structure in the garden. Hedges are also ideal backgrounds in the garden,as they define the bush from the private garden. Hedges can be manicured for a formal look or remain natural and therefore requiring less maintenance.
Here are some of species that are frequently found in the TCI:
Ficus: The ficus Benjaminia is the most popular hedge plants. They are in fact , trees, some growing to be quite large. Because they are very fast growing plants , they have become the most popular hedge plant. Although one would trim the ficus to shape within one's own landscape, the ficus roots would still grow as though it were a tree . So despite cutting down the trunk, the roots try to grow as though they were supporting a full sized tree. So after a few years, your soil will be totally invaded by ficus tree roots. The maintenance of the ficus requires monthly maintenance making it a high cost plant to have , but good to consider if a large plant is required within the landscape.
Silver Buttonwood (or Green Buttonwood): The Silver buttonwood differs from the Green one as it has a layer of fine hairs covering the leaves giving it a silver like coloring. Normally, Silver buttonwoods grows as a multi-trunked small tree but in ideal situations, they can grow to be 50 feet tall. If properly pruned this plant can be used as a great hedge. It is a favorite plant because it is a very adaptable and tolerant of diverse soil and water conditions. After been planted and established it could become a self sufficient watering plant.. It is even salt tolerant and so, often planted along beachfronts. It requires full sun.
Snow bush: This is a rounded tropical shrub that could reach 5 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet wide, but it still could be maintained at a much lower height than that. It has highly colored foliage with leaves that look like flowers. The plant may changes color in a bright sunny location. The colours of the leaves may change from green, to maroon, to pink and finally to pure white. The leaves turn green with age or when the plant is placed in the shade. The plant is not susceptible to any majors diseases or pests.
Carissa (Natal Plum): The dark, glossy leaves and fragrant, white, pin-wheel flowers make Carissa a deservedly popular shrub. Dwarf and tall cultivars are available. As an informal hedge, it has an added benefit: the sharp, branched spines of Carissa make it an impenetrable barrier, well-suited to applications where additional security is desired. It needs full sun and is drought-tolerant. Care should be taken when pruning this plant and removing debris, since the spines are ferocious.Bougainvillea: Bougainvillea are colorful and great for barriers because of their thorny nature. They also require maintenance for both pests and pruning.
Scavolea: This is one of the plants which is frequently found in the gardens of TCI. Scavolea is a very easy hedge to maintain. It is salt resistant, requires very little water and is virtually pest free. But unless you have a large yard and you want to define your land avoid using Scavolea. It also seems increasingly difficult to import this plant.
You may also want to consider some other plants to be used as hedges that are not as well know , such as:
Ixora, Night blooming Jasmin, Sambac Jasmin, schefflera green or varigated, Oleander.
And for low hedges: Ruellia, Dwarf Snow bush, Dwarf Ixora, Green Island Ficus
Dernière édition par Didicha le 17 Oct 2008, 10:03, édité 1 fois.