Screening & Hedging

Garden Center

Broad strokes

Plants for screening and hedging aren’t restricted to any one plant family. There are options to suit any garden type and for almost any growing situation. As well as the ‘traditional’ hedging options, plants such as Heliconias, Bamboo, Palms and trees can all be used to provide a privacy barrier or to cover up unattractive structures such as fences, walls and water tanks.


Very popular in the city and suburbs

It is no exaggeration to say that screening and privacy plants are one of our best sellers. A large proportion of the questions we field in the nursery relate to these plants! With block sizes shrinking and houses getting taller and more tightly packed, plants for privacy screens are in high demand.


How to choose the right screening plant

There are many factors to consider when choosing a plant as a screen. As well as finding something that looks nice, you should also ensure that the chosen variety will suit its purpose and will thrive in the conditions available. You should also think about the ongoing care and maintenance. For example, are you physically able to prune a hedge 4m tall twice a year, and do you have the time? Below is a very quick guide on how to choose the right screening plant. For more information, drop into the nursery and have a chat to one of our staff.

Lillypilly in full sun

Options for Sun

Screening and hedging plants that will thrive in sunny positions include Lillypilly, Murraya, Buxus, Heliconias, Bamboo, Tiger Grass, Summerscent and most trees. Without adequate sunlight, most of these plants won’t perform at their best and may end up sparsely foliated. Recommended 4hrs+ of direct sunlight per day.
Brazilian Red Cloak is great in shade.

Options for Shade

Choosing screening plants for shaded sites can be difficult, especially if that area gets direct sun during other times of the year. Fortunately, we have some good options. Best plants for shade are Brazilian Red Cloak, Summerscent, Rhapis Palm, Heliconias and Strelitzia. Plants such as Lillypilly or Murraya won’t thrive in shade.

Options for Low Maintenance

Most hedging and screening plants are actually small trees or large shrubs. If they aren’t pruned with regularity they will grow big and may not have the neat appearance you’re looking for. Murraya and Lillypilly are in this category. If you’re after a naturally dense plant that doesn’t need much pruning, try Summerscent, Brazilian Red Cloak, Heliconias, Rhapis, Evergreen Frangipani or even small trees.

Options for Shaping

Not all plants respond well to shaping. Some are not vigorous enough, while others simply have the wrong growth form e.g. large broad leaves. The best plants for shaping into topiary or hedges oare Buxus, Lillypilly, Murraya, Phyllanthus and some bamboos.


Shaped hedging plants
Large Lillypilly topiary
Screening and hedging section

Popular varieties

Brazilian Red Cloak

Brazilian Red Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys Synonyms: Red Justica. Brazilian Red Cloak is an attractive and ... Read More
Resilience foliage

Lillypilly ‘Resilience’

Syzigium australe 'Resilience' Synonyms: Scrub Cherry. Another great fast-growing option for screening ... Read More
Close up of Baby Boomer foliage

Lillypilly ‘Baby Boomer’

Syzygium australe 'Baby Boomer' Synonyms: Dwarf Lillypilly. 'Baby Boomer' is a small, ... Read More
Close up foliage of Cascade

Lillypilly ‘Cascade’

Syzygium luehmannii x Syzygium wilsonii Synonyms: Weeping Lillypilly. Cascade is a lovely ... Read More
Lillypilly Big Red foliage

Lillypilly ‘Big Red’

Syzigium australe 'Big Red' Synonyms: Scrub Cherry. Big Red is a Lillypilly ... Read More
Lillypilly 'Select'

Lillypilly ‘Select’

Syzigium australe 'Select' Synonyms: Scrub Cherry, Thick & Fast. If you're looking ... Read More
Close up of Buxus foliage

Korean Box

Buxus sinica var. insularis Synonyms: Korean Boxwood, Buxus microphylla var. koreana. Korean ... Read More
Murraya flowers

Mock Orange

Murraya paniculata Synonyms: Orange Jessamine, Murraya exotica, Chalcas paniculata. Murraya is a popular hedging ... Read More
Summerscent blooms

Radermachera ‘Summerscent’

Radermachera 'Summerscent' Synonyms: Radermachera sp. Kunming. Touted as the 'new Murraya', Summerscent is ... Read More