If you've watched Selling Houses Australia, you'll know that Albone loves a hedge, especially those carved from lilly pilly. Hedges can achieve a lot in your outdoor area — You can use them as a barrier to block out neighbours or eyesores, to help to keep the noise down from traffic or even to keep unwanted pests out.
trick to hedging is to start pruning it the second you put it in the
ground. "It's tempting to plant it and say, 'I want it to grow up to a
certain height, I'm just going to wait until it's that high, and then
I'm going to start cutting it'." This, according to Albone, is the wrong
are quite lazy," he explains. "They like to grow in a straight line,
and they'll keep going, so if you chop off the top of them, it activates
all the buds below and then they'll become bushier." The more you trim
them, the bushier they become, and the denser your hedge will be in
The best varieties for hedging in Australia are lilly pilly, viburnum, murraya, camellia and photinia.