If you’re tired of hedges that are boring and predictable, a tapestry hedge is a very attractive option. Tapestry hedges are made up of a range of different plants, chosen for foliage colour, texture, flowers, berries and fragrance. In our segment Don showed a charming tapestry hedge made up of abelia (Abelia x grandiflora), variegated pittosporum (Pittosporum eugenioides ‘Variegatum’) and euonymus (Euonymus japonicus ‘Ovatus Aureus’).
When planning your tapestry hedge, look for shrubs of similar mature size. Until they mature, more vigorous shrubs will probably need to be pruned more often than slow growing shrubs. Try also to match their cultural requirements. Some plants prefer acid soil, others like lime; some love sunshine, others prefer shade; some need a lot of water, while others are drought tolerant.
When trimming hedges, one big mistake that lots of people make is to ‘trust their eye’