The Q&A Archives: Privacy Hedge Of Gardenias And Camillias

Question: Thanks for your prompt reply to my previous question. Here is my follow-up: Will gardenia jasminodes "aimee" grow densly enough to offer privacy? I'm thinking of planting it around the perimeter of my yard. I don't care how high it gets (five feet sounds ok) but will it give me a sense of enclosure? Will the smell be overpowering? Most people I've spoken to tell me they've never seen this treatment before. Am I delusional? Also, is it possible to plant camillia japonica next to gardenia? Or are camillia's acid soil needs not ideal for gardenias? I was thinking of maybe making my hedge a combination gardenia-camillia one. Again, is this possible or am I testing the limits of botany?

Thanks in advance.


Answer: I think your idea of combining gardenia and camellia shrubs for a privacy hedge is a good one. The plants will grow at different rates but can eventually be pruned to provide a uniform appearance. They will bloom at different times, which will add interest to your landscape. Gardenia can stand the acidic soil required by camellia, so there shouldn't be any problem in growing the two shrubs together. Both plants will grow dense enough to provide a sense of privacy, both have glossy green leaves, and both will be attractive even when not in bloom. The fragrance of gardenia shouldn't be overpowering, but everyone has a different opinion when it comes to fragrance! Best wishes with your new hedge!

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