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Boarders or Hedging for a Tropical Garden/Pool Look

Posted by gidgetpdx California (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 28, 07 at 1:01

Hi, I am in Redding California and we are making our fenced pool area tropical.
The biggest problem I have having is finding a boarder/hedge to go around the fence to add privacy. I need a evergreen, minimal mess plant that will grow around 6 to 8 inches tall. Any suggestions would be great!
Thanks,
Gidgetpdx


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RE: Boarders or Hedging for a Tropical Garden/Pool Look

How much privacy are ya gonna get from a hedge that is 6-8 inches tall? Are your neighbors really that short? Besides, anything that small shouldn't make too much of a mess.
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RE: Boarders or Hedging for a Tropical Garden/Pool Look

LOL... It is more that if a neighbor is looking over there fence into our backyard alll they will see is a border. We have 2 fences... One that is on our property border and another that is around our pool. It is the pool fence we are looking to enclose and give more of a tropical feel to. Any suggestions?


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RE: Boarders or Hedging for a Tropical Garden/Pool Look

Try planting some clumping bamboo, it grows fast and will give you the heigth that you would need. make sure it is a clumping type tho, otherwise it will take over your yard.


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RE: Boarders or Hedging for a Tropical Garden/Pool Look

I have created a screen hedge using Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata' and Blue Java Bananas, but it took 2 growing seasons to reach 7 foot. The bananas are excellent! You might also try Podocarpus macrophyllus. They grow dense and can be kept shapely with a twice a year hard prune. They do drop some leaves, but not a hardship. On my back wall I am trying to grow a hedge screen with Strawberry Guava (Psidium cattleianum). Three years ago I Planted 2 six foot apart, they are now over 8 feet tall, but are not filling in very well, maybe by next year, and the fruit is messy if you don't pick it in time, but tasty. I also have a nice screen from a Tecoma Stans Alata 'orange bells" that I have trained to a fence. It drops some spent flowers but is very attractive and always gets commented on.


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