Time to Plan and Plant Hedging

08 Mar, 2023

Autumn is the best time to plant hedges, allowing the plants to get settled in before winter. Growing hedges is a fun way to add privacy and personality to your garden, so don't be afraid to get creative and make your hedging unique!

Our Top Screening Hedges


A fun and unique New Zealand native available in a variety of colours, including bright greens, silver, and even chocolate foliage. Space 30-50cm depending on variety.


A glossy, evergreen plant that's perfect for providing privacy. Pruning will determine its height. Space 75cm apart.


With loads of different varieties to choose from, these native plants are great for screening and are best grown in full sun. Space 75cm apart.


A small-leaved, tightly compact evergreen plant that's ideal for defining garden bed edging and creating topiaries. Space 30-60cm apart.

If formal hedges aren't your style, try growing a hedgerow made up multiple of different species. This can help bring more personality and variation to your property!

Camellias - The Prettiest Hedge In Town

If you're looking to add some privacy with a lush hedge but also want occasional bursts of colour, camellias are the way to go. With their thick, glossy leaves and stunning blooms that appear from autumn to spring, they're sure to turn heads.

Most camellias prefer to be semi-shaded, like on the southwest side of your house or under some trees. But don't worry, camellias can handle a little sun, especially the sasanqua varieties. Just make sure to give them some protection from those strong rays and harsh winds while they're getting established.

When it comes to soil, camellias grow well in free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. To give your soil some love and improve its organic content, add Kings Compost, Kings Sheep Pellets and some Kings Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendron Food, mixing together well. And if you want to grow your camellias in containers, use Kings Container Mix, which has added water storage crystals to keep them hydrated.

Our Favourites This Season


A classic and popular sasanqua cultivar that grows to 2.5m x 2m and is perfect for hedging. With masses of delightful white flowers in autumn and winter, this camellia will be sure to have your garden guests talking.

Plantation Pink

This sasanqua camellia has an upright growth habit and produces frilly early pink-blush blooms from March to June. The single to semi-double flowers emit a sweet scent and this camellia can grow up to 2.5m tall.

Nuccio’s Jewel

This japonica camellia has beautiful white petals with a flush of orchid pink and produces large, showy blooms from winter to spring. Grows to 1.5m x 1m.


A sasanqua camellia that produces masses of eye-catching, red blooms with bright yellow stamens from winter to early spring. It has a compact growth habit, growing to 2m x 1m.

Caring For Your Hedge


When it comes to positioning your hedge, take notice of how far apart you are planting your trees. If you want to see results faster, plant them closer together, or if you want to take your time, plant them further apart.


Before you start planting, make sure your soil is in tip-top shape by digging in some Kings Compost. If you're using larger plants, don't forget to stake them while they establish their roots. And if your soil is clay-based, adding a bit of Gypsum Claybreaker will help out even more.


When it comes time to plant, pay attention to how the plant is already growing. Plant the bushier sides facing away from the next plant so that your hedge fills in quicker. And don't forget to give them a good deep watering when you're finished.


Trim your hedges regularly to encourage healthier, thicker and more symmetrical growth of your plants.

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