I am looking for some help making a hedge about 2m high and i want to buy large plants (troublesome neighbors!) I need it to be suitable for a windy climate (Mediterranean) and give me lots of food. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 7 years ago
In NZ there's lots of feijoa aka pineapple guava aka acca sellowiana hedges.
Seedlings rather than grafted cultivars are very wind and drought-hardy, but I don't think they'd handle very low temps.
I think the fruit's really yummy, but some people think they taste like air freshener
well If I was just starting out with a privacy food hedge right now knowing what I do, I would first put in Jerusalem Artichokes..as they grow very fast and will provide a screen between you and your neighbors the very first year..
then leave a path between the JA's and the next row of planting if you have room..then put in a parallel row of fruiting berry bushes, anything that fruits will do, you can go from brambles, to elderberries, to fruit andnut trees..etc..
the upper branches of the taller ones will arch over the JA's but won't damage them and the JA's will block things like grass and weeds from coming from your neighbors area to infiltrate the bushes somewhat..
the path is so you can get to the JA's to harvest them..but you'll get so many that you might not need to harvest them all..just maybe on the ends and here and there..
if you want a winter screen ..put in a row of quick growing evergreens if you have the room..
Bloom where you are planted.
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