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 in many cultivars suitable for different uses. Narrow, columnar varieties can be pruned into a formal hedge, topped off to remove excess growth, or trimmed into decorative topiary. For informal hedges or accent plants, the Hollywood hybrid is a multi-trunked shrub that grows into striking architectural shapes and is often used in water-wise landscapes or Japanese gardens.
A conifer, the Chinese Jupiter may have needles when young, but almost all plants eventually develop rough, scale-like foliage. All varieties thrive in full sun and well-drained soils, are very cold hardy and need infrequent irrigation once established. Unlike more delicate plantings, Chinese juniper can be pruned whenever necessary, without regard to time or season.
Use fast-growing columnar junipers to create green fences, hedges and privacy screens, or plant slower Hollywoods as informal hedges or accent plants against walls or foundations. Pair trimmed topiaries either in containers or in-ground to create striking, original and easy-care...