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9 Flowering Hedge Plants for Australian Gardens

We’ve listed our favourite plants that will provide you with both privacy and beautiful flowers.

In Australia, we love growing hedges both to create privacy and to screen off various areas in our gardens.

Hedges look great and most are fairly low-maintenance except for the regular pruning.

If you also love having plenty of flowers in your garden, here is a selection of flowering hedge plants that not only provide privacy but also add some lovely colour to your garden.

Orange Jasmine / Mock Orange (Murraya paniculata)

murraya paniculata | Plant varieties
Murraya paniculata

Murrayas are popular hedging plants, especially in warmer climates.

In addition to their lovely green foliage, they also produce gorgeous white flowers in spring, summer, and autumn. These plants have a lovely citrusy fragrance. 

For a tall murraya hedge, this plant will easily grow to a height of around 2 to 3 metres and can be well-maintained at this height.

However, if you want to grow a much lower hedge, there are also dwarf varieties available that will work equally as well.

To get a nice dense hedge, you want to space the plants around 50 cm to 1 metre apart.

Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis)

Rhaphiolepis indica | Plant varieties
Indian Hawthorn

These lovely drought-tolerant plants produce masses of white flowers in spring. You can also find varieties that have pink flowers.

Depending on which variety you choose, they can reach a height of 0.5 to 4 metres, making them a good option for screening.

The added benefit of growing these plants is that they also attract bees to your garden.

As one of the hardiest flowering hedge plants, Indian Hawthorn is both frost, wind, and salt tolerant and can be grown in full sun or part shade.

Camellia sasanqua

Camellia sasanqua hedge | Plant varieties
Camellia sasanqua

For a stunning floral hedge, nothing beats the Camellia sasanqua. This variety of camellia has smaller leaves so is easier to train into a colourful hedge.

It’s also available in a huge variety of flower colours that bloom from late autumn through to the middle of winter.

Camellias are hardy plants and will grow in full sun or part shade. However, you’ll get the most profusion of flowers when growing these in the sun.

Camellias can range in height from 1 to 4 metres depending on the variety you choose.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea hedge | Plant varieties
Hydrangea

This classic and beautiful garden shrub makes a gorgeous flowering hedge when pruned and trained from early on.

Hydrangeas are also one of the best hedge plants to grow if the area is partly shaded throughout the day.

These hardy plants do prefer to be shaded from the hot midday and afternoon sun otherwise their leaves and flowers may suffer from sunburn.

Hydrangeas are also ideal if you want a hedge that is not too tall because they will grow to a maximum height of around 1.5 metres.

The gorgeous large showy flowers that appear in spring and summer are available in shades of blue, pink, purple, and white.

Escallonia

Escallonia | Plant varieties
Escallonia I Photo by Sten Porse I Wikimedia I CC BY-SA 3.0

If you love a little fragrance in your garden, escallonias would definitely suit. Their pink or white blooms appear in clusters in summer and have a lovely scent.

These plants are better suited to cooler climates and are frost-tolerant.

There are various varieties available with the tallest reaching a height of around 3 metres.

Their glossy green leaves will provide plenty of privacy when clipped regularly.

Weigela

Weigela | Plant varieties
Weigela I Photo by Guilhem Vellut I Flickr I CC BY 2.0

If you’re after a deciduous flowering hedge, you should consider Weigela.

This is a hardy hedging plant that has a naturally rounded growth habit. It bears masses of trumpet-shaped flowers from spring through to summer.

There are different varieties available with flower colours such as white, pink, red, and yellow.

They have the added benefit of attracting birds to your garden and are frost-tolerant once established. 

Feijoa sellowiana

Feijoa sellowiana | Plant varieties
Feijoa sellowiana I Photo by Forest and Kim Starr I Flickr I CC BY 2.0

On a recent visit to an open food garden, I saw the most amazing hedge created from this Feijoa species.

The garden owner simply adored the fruit from this tree and had a mature hedge alongside the driveway and a younger, developing hedge beside the side fence.

Not only does this plant produce the most delightful showy flowers in spring but these result in medium-sized green fruits that are absolutely delicious.

The fruits can be eaten fresh but are also lovely made into jams. Be prepared for a bumper harvest if you decide to grow a Feijoa hedge.

Cascade Lilly Pilly (Syzygium ‘Cascade’)

Lilly Pilly Cascade | Plant varieties
Cascade Lilly Pilly

Lilly pillies are popular native hedge plants in Australia and this variety will delight you with its large pink flowers that look like powder puffs.

These appear throughout summer and result in clusters of dark red berries that are loved by birds and are also edible.

This particular variety of Lilly pilly can reach a height of around 3 metres and will grow happily either in full sun or part shade.

Hebe

Hebe hedge | Plant varieties
Hebe flowers I Photo by Akos Kokai I Wikimedia I CC BY 2.0

Nothing beats the profusion of flowers on a hebe hedge. These low-maintenance plants are perfect for growing into a low hedge that is kept nicely trimmed. 

Although there are some varieties that can grow up to 3 metres in height, it’s best to keep them to a lower height because they tend to get a little woody at the base.

For this reason, constant tip pruning after flowering is essential to keep the plants nice and bushy.

The gorgeous, long-lasting blooms come in a variety of different colours including white, pink, purple, and blue.

Flowering Hedge FAQ

What are common hedge plants with white flowers?

The most common hedge plants that have white flowers are viburnums. These plants have silvery-green leaves and clusters of white flowers that look like pom poms in spring. Other common hedge plants with white flowers include pittosporum, westringia, and abelia.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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