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Shelter, Hedging & Borders
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Hedges can be practical or purely aesthetic and have been used for centuries in formal gardens, as hedgerows to divide paddocks, to provide shelter or a food crop. The uses today are for similar purposes and with a wide variety of plants to choose from we can easily combine practical and aesthetic if we wish.

The plants listed on this page have been chosen for their hardiness, being relatively quick growing and easy to maintain.

Borders and low hedges tend to consist of one species, as do some shelter belts.

Mixed species can be used usually when planting two or more rows deep in a zig-zag fashion to provide an excellent filtered windbreak and a more natural look. With these mixed species borders/shelterbelts, there are many more plants that could be used other than what is listed.

Firewood crops could be planted in a mixed shelterbelt, or a fast-growing hardier species used on the windward side with a slower-growing but more desirable plant used on the sheltered side, with the first species being cut down (or used for firewood) once the others have established.

A mixed shelterbelt is also another excellent way to provide habitat for wildlife.

Determining what you want from your hedge, border or shelterbelt is the first step in knowing which plants to use. The amount of maintenance time you allow is another factor. Once planted, some time spent each year on trimming and fertilising will give excellent results.

Plant Suggestions for Shelter, Hedging & Borders
  Botanical Name Common Name
  Plants that grow up to 50cm  
  Brachyglottis compactum Coastal Daisy
  Coprosma Cutie
  Corokia spp Korokio
  Hebe albicans  
  Hebe Champagne
  Hebe pinquifolia  
  Hebe topiara  
  Hebe hybrids (see current price list)
  Leptospermum nanum Dwarf Manuka
  Phormium Thumbelina Dwarf Flax
  Phormium Tom Thumb Dwarf Flax
  Plants that grow up to 1m  
  Brachyglottis greyii Coastal Daisy
  Cassinia spp Cottonwood
  Corposma Middlemore  
  Coprosma Pride  
  Corokia spp Korokio
  Haloragis erecta Toatoa
  Hebe hybrids  
  Hebe diosmifolia  
  Leptospermum Manuka hybrids
  Olearia traversii Chatham Ake
  Phormium spp Flax
  Plants that grow 1m to 2m tall  
  Carmichaelia odorata NZ Broom
  Cassinia fulvida Cottonwood
  Coprosma Marble Queen  
  Coprosma Painters Pallette  
  Coprosma Yvonne  
  Corokia spp Korokio
  Cortaderia toetoe Toetoe
  Hebe arborea Koromiko taranga
  Hebe speciosa Blue
  Hebe speciosa  
  Leptospermum hybrids Manuka Hybrids
  Lophomyrtus spp  
  Meulenbeckia astonii  
  Metrosideros spp Pohutukawa
  Phormium Flax
  Plagianthus divaricatus Shore Ribbonwood
  Plants that grow 2m to 4m tall  
  Coprosma repens Taupata
  Coprosma robusta Karamu
  Dodonaea viscosa & purpurea Ake Ake
  Hoheria alba variegata Lacebark
  Lophomyrtus spp  
  Metrosideros spp Pohutukawa
  Myrsine australis Matipo
  Myrsine divaricatus  
  Olearia traversii Chatham Ake
  Pseudopanax Fivefinger
  Plants that grow 4+ metres tall  
  Dacrydium cupressinum Rimu
  Griselinea Broadleaf
  Hoheria populnea Lacebark
  Hoheria sextylosa Lacebark
  Hoheria variegata Lacebark
  Podocarpus totara Totara
  Plagianthus betulinus/regius Ribbonwood
  Kunzea ericoides Kanuka
  Leptospermum scoparium Manuka
  Melicope ternata Wharangi
  Melicytus ramiflorus Whiteywood
  Metrosideros excelsa Pohutukawa
  Myoporum laetum Ngaio
  Vitex lucens Puriri



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