Expert Tips

Hedging Your Bets

Digby Growns is the Senior Plant Breeder at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Western Australia and one of the country’s leading native plant experts. Digby lives, breathes and speaks plant botany and is here to share some expert tips for your own Native Plant Project…

Digby’s Top 5 Hedging & Screening Plants…

#1. Adenanthos sericeus – Woolly Bush

This very tactile bush provides soft, velvety grey-green foliage to the ground. Adaptable plant for a wide range of soil types, for planting in both sun or shade that can be pruned for more formal hedging styles or left to grow more freely if you’re after a less stylised feel for your garden.

#2. Hakea laurina – Pincushion Hakea

A hardy dense foliaged plant with masses of delightful globular red and cream flowers in autumn and winter. They’re prolific at attracting birds, and other insects too.

#3. Grevillea olivacea

This very hardy dense foliaged plant is ideal for creating informal style hedges (along with many other grevillea) and perfect for coastal planting too. Red flowers in spring add bright pops of colour.

Cameron Patersons Australian garden walkway with hedging
hakea laurina - red flower - landscapegrevillea preissii close-up

#4. Pimelea ferruginea ‘Magenta Mist’

The classic mounded shape of this plant makes it ideal for more formal gardens and low hedging, particularly in coastal areas.  Bright pink flowers in spring will create an almost carpet like effect planted en masse. Be sure to feed with a good native fertiliser and prune after flowering to encourage dense growth.

#5. Grevillea preissii

A hardy plant for low growing hedging and can be pruned readily to offer more formal hedging effect. Red flowers provide winter and spring colour in your garden.

Australian native - Hedging your bets - hedge close-up
Pimelea Ferruginea 'Magenta Mist' Rice Flower - pink flower

Meet our Native Plant Project Expert ~

Digby Growns is the Senior Plant Breeder at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. He manages programs in the breeding and development of Anigozanthos, Boronia, Chamelaucium, Corymbia, Grevillea, Leptospermum and Scaevola.  He has worked for many years on the development of Australian native plants for horticulture and over 40 new varieties of native plants including the hybrid Chamelaucium ‘Pearlflower’ series and Grevillea ‘RSL Spirit of ANZAC’. He leads research into new technology developments in plant tissue culture, biotechnology and plant breeding. Digby shares his knowledge with Native Plant Project in a regular ‘Top 5 Picks”…