Thinking of planting some hedges around your property this Spring? Hedges are an excellent way to add color, beauty, value, and even privacy to your perimeter. However, south Florida is a unique climate where some plants flourish while others may not fair as well. At Gosha Greens, let us be your source when choosing the best type of plant to build your new hedges. Using our years of experience and local plant knowledge, we’ve put together a quick list of the top three best plants to invest in for your hedges.
With its thick, leathery, teardrop-shaped leave, clusia is a unique plant to set your hedges apart from others. Clusia can create exotic, drought-tolerant hedges for home and business landscapes alike. For south Florida, its salt-tolerant nature is ideal for seaside properties. Clusia is the low-maintenance, trouble-free evergreen you never knew you needed for your future hedges.
Handsome and hardy, podocarpus is another low-maintenance shrub that would create a soft, fine-textured hedge. Landscaping is a breeze since you can keep this shrub clipped without taking it down to the bare minimum of foliage. Because it takes shaping so well, this plant will fit in a narrow-depth area. Podocarpus will grown into thick, luxurious, full-to-the-ground hedge bushes, privacy screens, or even as camouflage to cover unsightly things around your building.
The ever-popular ficus benjamina is one resilient plant! While it is tolerant of poor growing conditions, the ficus benjamina is most at home in south Florida because of the sunny conditions and the higher percentage of humidity in the air than most other parts of the country. Nonverbally and yet unmistakably, the ficus benjamina can “tell” you when it does not feel well. The plant reacts to a disorder by dropping off its elegant shining leaves. One pest the ficus benjamina is specifically susceptible to are whiteflies. These insects insert their piercing, sucking mouthparts to feed on the plant’s inner fluids. Heavy infestations of whiteflies cause foliage to turn yellow, dry and fall off the plants. However, with the proper treatment, ficus benjamina is still one of the densest, heartiest plants for a hedge.