Thursday, January 31

Screen Queens


I was asked recently what a suitable screening plant was for a sunny position?
Here are my top 3 ...

1. Best "Grey Foliage screen" Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'
"Wynyabbie Gem" is a 1.5m tall x 1.5 m wide bushy shrub native to Australia. It is also know as native rosemary. This hardy shrub features grey/ green fine foliage. Pretty little mauve flowers appear in spring and throughout the year. I think it's a little under-used in today's gardens. There are so many great reasons to grow this screen. Team it with grey, silver and black foliage for a muted modern palette or use it as a back drop in formal gardens.

2. Best "Tough as Boots Screen"- Viburnum tinus.
I rave about this plant allot. It's an old fashioned shrub that can grow over 3m if left unpruned, but easy to maintain at a medium height. Plant viburnum in a row about 1m apart for a brilliant evergreen hedge or screen. The screen can be kept as low or tall as you like. The lush foliage is covered in clusters of white flowers with a flush of pink in spring. People will knock on my door asking "what is that screen?". It always looks lush, even in the hottest of weather.

3.Best "Red Hedge"- Lilly Pillys.
Pop into Serenity Nursery and you will see several varieties of Australian native lilly pilly. The lilly pilly come under three botanical names- Syzygium, Acmena and waterhousea.  If you are wanting a taller growing screen plant Lilly Pilly Backyard Bliss. It will grow 2-3m tall with magnificent red new growth. This particular lilly pilly is popular as it is psyllid free- so there will be no dimpled foliage in sight.  "Backyard bliss" responds well to pruning and can be pruned to any height.

Hope this will help solves your screening needs...Krystal


  1. Hi, I live in Queensland and was wondering about the VT. Can you tell me if the Viburnum Tinus will grow right next to the veranda, where one side has lots of sun and the other is in shade?

    1. Hi Heather, Yes it sounds fine. VT is will adapt to most environmental conditions.

  2. Hi. We have a brick planter box up against our back fence. The internals are 33cm wide x 45cm deep and run the full length of our pool which is around 10m long. There is only a 40cm wide part between the pool edge and the start of the garden bed. As it is against our back fence I would love to get a screening plant at least 2m and thought that Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' is a good option but not sure on how large and evasive the roots are when the mature. Can you tell me if this would work or any other recommendations would be fantastic. We had bamboo and the leaves where to long when they fell into the pool and would always block the filter and kreepy crawly. Thanks Adrian