Waterwise hedging

Water restrictions hit us hard last year in the Western Cape, but the desire from clients for neat hedging didn’t disappear with the water. Landscape designers and landscapers needed to be more creative with the inclusion of water-wise plants in their designs and specifically for hedging aspects.

The trend that has caught on and remained, is the use of Portucularia as hedging. It has neat small round leaves similar to the Buxus, and can be trimmed into a neat shape too. The benefit of using this plant as a substitute is that it is water-wise, and requires much less water than the Buxus or traditional hedging like Eugenia would require.