We are looking at using a hedge to soften the front of our brick house. Can anyone suggest a good plant for us? We don't want to have to be constantly trimming it, and aren't brilliant at keeping plants alive. Not keen on Lilly Pilly as the neighbours have some and they drop berries over our fence. We are in the Melbourne suburbs.
As long as you are very patient, then I would suggest a Camelia Sasanqua. They are beautiful.
For something faster growing, look at Murrayas. They are very easy to grow, will typically reach a height of a couple of metres, are easy to prune into shape, have lovely green folliage and creamy white flowers in sping and summer with a lovely orange fragrance.
What colour are your bricks @Nic1979? Depending on the colour of your house then you might want to consider a photinia for its striking fiery red leaves. The flowers aren't very attractive but its very tough and easy to grow. They are popular in my area.
Will look at camelias and murrayas. Not sure the red photinia would work as its a red brick house. Are camelias easy to grow and care for?
Camellias are hardy and grow well pretty much anywhere in Australia. They certainly do well in Melbourne and have a really long flowering season. They don't mind a bit of frost. In summer you need to give them some water but they aren't too thirsty. Most of the hedging varieties don't mind full sun even in the middle of summer, although you should get a bit of shade from your house. Hope that helps.
Red Robin are great, we have them in town and they have been under water with each flood and out in the boiling sun and never gets watered. Iam now growing them very hardy plant.
Did you decide what to grow Nic?
The camellia at the front of our place is just starting to flower. It will look spectacular in a few weeks.