Add tropical flair to your Los Angeles garden with hibiscus. Equally beautiful and eye-catching as stand-alone shrubs or trimmed into small trees, the hibiscus makes a truly spectacular green fence or screen.
Large, lush green leaves are offset year round by huge, vibrant, trumpet-shaped blooms in a rainbow of festive hues, including white, yellow, peach, pink, fuchsia, orange and scarlet. Some cultivars produce variegated or multi-colored flowers. Although individual blossoms persist for only a few days, they are so abundant that fallen flowers are rapidly replaced by new ones, leading to a profusion of season-long color.
Hibiscus is sun loving and thrives in bright locations. They need moderate water to look their best, but are susceptible to wet feet and root rot, so avoid overwatering.
The staggering variety of hibiscus available may be tempting, but due to variations in leaf size and growth patterns, it’s best to choose a single cultivar when planting a formal hedge. Young plants may require staking and selective pruning to establish an upright pattern. Once strong trunks have developed, the stakes may be removed.
Wind and salt resistant, the hibiscus is ideal for coastal Southern California locations. Use a hibiscus hedge as a privacy screen around a swimming pool or as a charming and colorful green fence.
Sometimes called Hollywood juniper, the drought tolerant and virtually maintenance-free Chinese juniper is an Asian native that absolutely loves Los Angeles. Seen everywhere from Downtown to the desert, this sturdy evergreen provides constant blue-green color while creating an unobtrusive backdrop to more showy plantings.
Endlessly adaptable and almost indestructible, Chinese juniper is available...
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...m year-round in Southern California, they often show the best color during the hottest and driest months of the year.
Exceptionally pest and disease resistant, the lantana is a low-maintenance plant that requires very little care. They are vigorous and forgiving and can be sheared or trimmed at any time without regard to season. They need little outside water once established and will grow in almost any soil.
Their tolerance for direct sun makes lantana ideal for use in low green fences or hedges along sidewalks or street frontages where there is very little shade. They can also be used as foundation plantings or along block walls where they will thrive in the reflected heat.
Lantanas are also sold as spreading ground covers, so when building a hedge be sure to select a variety that will get some height. Shrubby cultivars generally top out at between 3 and 4 feet.
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