Jun 19, 2013 9:42 am
Still doing research before we jump in with landscaping the new home.
So we've narrowed it down to Viburnum across the back fence and down one neighbour side. Camelia's down the opposite street facing side (corner block), Jap Box for all pathway hedges, and Michelia Champaca as feature trees. Now it's a toss up b/w Murraya or Viburnum across the front fence (rendered pier style). Still planning on putting in some wrought iron down the track for that "Provincial Melbourne Home" look.
Gets filtered afternoon sun. Can get a little wet in heavy rain, but generally drains away within 24 hours. Which is hardier, and requires less maintenance long term? Which looks better? Plan on hedging to approx 1.2m high. This is the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle, please help.
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Jun 19, 2013 12:03 pm
Both are very hardy, however I would suggest the murrayas mainly due to the fact that they will be slightly easier to maintain at 1.2m, viburnum can need several prunings during the growing season, murrayas while also fast growing, tend to be slightly less aggressive in there growth at that height.
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Jun 19, 2013 9:29 pm
If drainage is an issue get it sorted if you are going with Murraya, they struggle in wet heavy soils.. Choisya 'White Dazzler will give a similar look and not fussy. Also Hymensporum flavum Gold Nugget would work. Viberniums are fine but are more pest prone than Murraya or the above suggestions.
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Jun 20, 2013 8:40 am
Thanks for the feedback. A landscape designer suggested drainage isn't a problem if water is draining inside a day. My preference is Murraya, but the wife is leaning for the Vibernum. Just looking at pro's and con's of each at this stage.
Also prefer something which doesn't flower, as I'm going for the neat and tidy green hedgy look. I'd use English Bux if it wasn't so slow growing.
Keep the suggestions coming please.
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Jun 20, 2013 3:51 pm
Drainage is more than how long it takes for water to sink into soil. If your garden bed has heavy soil ie clay it will hold onto the water even though it has visually drained away.. Its a little hard to explain, but basically if your soil is still muddy and sloppy/slippery after the water has drained away (a couple of days) the soil drainage isn't good. And that soil doesn't suit plants the need free drainng soil..
All plants flower btw.. you can control this by timing your hedge trimming just as the plant starts to create flower buds..
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Jun 20, 2013 4:33 pm
Thanks for that. The soil is actually pretty good. The issue is that my front rendered fence is the lowest point where water collects during heavy rain. It pools quicker than it can drain away. I'm not keen on drilling any holes as it will look pretty ordinary, but obviously would do so if no other choice. I pointed the issue out to my landscape designer and he said it should be fine provided the water drains inside 1 day, which it does.
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Jun 21, 2013 8:08 am
Yes this was my fault, the landscape designer was brought in afterwards for plant selection etc, all the "hard" landscaping components had been completed.
Anyone else got experience with either of these two suggestions and can comment on the pros and cons?
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