Hedges can look softer and feel less imposing. Now having said that you do have to consider that not all plants will work in your garden as a hedge. Each plant has a specific growing habit and a size that it can get to. Knowing and understanding such factors will help you in the end. Do your homework and pick a plant that can conform to the requirements of your garden.
Below are some hedges to consider for your California garden...
California native hedge appropriate plants
- Arctostaphylos spp.
- Baccharis pilularis
- Ceanothus spp.
- Mahonia spp.
- Myrica califormica
- Rhamnus califormmica
- Rhus integrifolia (above picture)
- Buxus microphylla Var. Japonica (below picture)
- Ilex vomitoria
- Photinia fraseri
- Rhaphiolepis indica
- Viburnum tinus
- Xylosma congestum
Where it states spp. next to the botanical names indicates that there are several varieties of that plant that are suitable as hedges. Bear in mind that this is a brief list of plants. As always you should do your homework before just picking a plant.