Real World Gardener Design Elements and Pleaching

September 28th, 2014

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website


with landscape designer Jason Cornish

A good looking and beautifully trimmed hedge is a sight to behold, giving structure to the garden and setting off all the other plants.

A bad looking hedge is an eyesore, and draws your attention away from all the good looking plants you have in the garden.


But what can you do about those bad hedges, especially if they have no leaves down the bottom part of the hedge?



Unlike Europe where you see them growing in a lot of the elegant gardens like Hidcote in the Cotswolds, where they  use Hornbeams and Linden trees, here in Australia, the climate is against us to those kind of hedges on stilts.

Plus we’re probably not that keen to do all that work to get them trained that way, and think of the tall ladders you might need to prune them?

Still, doing it the cheats way might give you a satisfactory look if you are wanting to grow something at the base of the hedge for a different look.

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