GREEN BORDERS: The firescreen lilly pilly is a great option to plant in your garden if you are looking to screen out a neighbour, wall or garage. Once established, it can withstand just about anything.
GREEN BORDERS: The firescreen lilly pilly is a great option to plant in your garden if you are looking to screen out a neighbour, wall or garage. Once established, it can withstand just about anything.

Easy solutions to create privacy in your garden

PRIVACY is a powerful word. For us gardeners, it means space to ourselves.

I spend a lot of my day advising customers on what plants will give them this vital 'breathing space'.

The solutions are many but let's break it down to just a few of the absolute best. Here are the top three lilly pillies:

Backyard bliss: This new variety has taken over as the most popular one for screening around pools, courtyards and narrow garden spaces.

Backyard bliss provides an evergreen hedge of glossy green foliage throughout the year and offers some colour with bronze/ red new growth.

Most importantly, all foliage remains clean and healthy and free from psyllid attack.

Firescreen: Hot and dry? That's not a problem for the firescreen lilly pilly.

Once established, it can withstand just about anything. I love the red new foliage that contrasts to the older leaves - it looks like flickering flames. Firescreen is tolerant of the typically sandy conditions associated with living along the coast.

Superior: Refreshing soft green foliage; you'll just want to run your hands along the side of the hedge to feel the softness. Superior grows tall enough to provide screening from neighbours, walls and garages. They are dense growers with a small leaf that is easy to keep in shape.

Plant them along your fence line - they'll reach about 3-4m high quickly and stay nice and dense all the way to the ground.

 

Don't forget to use Searles 5in1 Organic Plant Food, which is packed with nutrients, giving your new plants a jump start.

For more, visit Acorn Garden Centre, 229 Brisbane Water Dr, Point Clare.


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