The Q&A Archives: Tapestry Hedge

Question: Hi. I've asked this question before but I never seem to get an answer. Maybe my e-mail didn't go through. Anyway, several years ago on Victory Garden, I saw a

Answer: Tapestry hedges are made up of a range of different plants, chosen for foliage color, texture, flowers, berries and fragrance. On such combination includes abelia (Abelia x grandiflora), variegated pittosporum (Pittosporum eugenioides ?Variegatum?) and euonymus (Euonymus japonicus ?Ovatus Aureus?).

When planning your tapestry hedge, look for shrubs of similar mature size. Until they mature, more vigorous shrubs will probably need to be pruned more often than slow growing shrubs. Try also to match their cultural requirements. Some plants prefer acid soil, others like lime; some love sunshine, others prefer shade; some need a lot of water, while others are drought tolerant.

Here are some suggestions for tall hedges: bay (Laurus nobilis), Pittosporum, Teucrium fruticans, camellias, photinia, Acmena smithii var. minor, Syzygium australe ?Hunchy? or ?Elite?, Viburnum tinus and V. odoratissimum. Murraya paniculata can be trained as a tall or low hedge. x Cupressocyparis ?Leighton Green?, ?Naylor?s Blue? and ?Castlewellan Gold? also make good tall hedges.

Low hedges: many shrubs are suited to low hedging, including Acmena smithii ?Hedgemaster? and Syzygium australe ?Tiny Trev?. You could also use box (Buxus spp.), azaleas, westringia, rosemary, ixora, or Duranta ?Sheena?s Gold? as a low hedge.

Hope these suggestions help you decide which plants to use for your tapestry hedge.

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