4ft. hedge in So Cal - what do I plant?

mcaseyMarch 7, 2014

Hi all,

Newbie here. I bought my first house last year, and with it came a backyard full of dirt - no grass, some weeds here or there, and one very large avocado tree (yum!). My first project was building a large patio with red paving bricks. I want to plant a thick 3 - 4 ft. tall hedge around the patio to enclose it, but I'm new to gardening and have no idea where to start.

The soil in my yard (if you can call it soil) is very dry and hard, so I need a hardy hedge. We have full sun in the backyard. We live in SoCal, but near the beach where temps range from 55 - 85 all year.

Does anyone have any suggestions for the type of hedge I should be looking for?

I'm also wondering how far apart to plant the individual plants. I know that it will take some time to fill out into a full hedge, but is it typical to plant them 2 - 3 ft. apart, further, closer?

Can I buy plants that are already pretty large, or will re-planting them hurt them? Maybe I need to start with really small plants?

The image I attached (pulled from a google search) is what I have in mind (except a little taller).

I obviously need a lot of help!!! Thanks in advance,

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stoneys_fatali(9b Duarte,Ca.)

That looks like boxwood shrub. We have that on the side of our garage. It grows fairly quick so you'll need some good hedge trimmers.
I'm not sure what other shrubs to suggest. Maybe someone else has an idea.


    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 10:14AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

'Home Run' -- clear pure red
'Jump For Joy' -- peach
'Jubilee Celebration' -- peach/yellow, Austin style
'Iceberg' -- white (or 'Brilliant Pink Iceberg' if you want pink, or 'Burgundy Iceberg', if you want a dark burgundy-red)
'Julia Child' -- butter yellow

All of these are reliable performers in So Cal, and not super tall.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 10:22AM
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