Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Revitalising the hedges in the Herb Garden at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Visitors to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah will see work being done on the hedges flanking the Herb Garden within the Formal Garden area.

The Callitris rhomboidea hedges were planted in 1984 and are being replanted to revitalise the area.

We are replanting the hedges with new Callitris rhomboidea plants, the Port Jackson pine, a native conifer that produces a wonderful vivid green backdrop for the internal Herb Garden’s display. Over 80 individual plants make up the hedge.

To produce the best results for a healthy and consistent looking hedge, our horticulturists have sown seed and selected the best seedlings with ideal hedge attributes and grown them in our nursery to an optimum size for planting out.

Temporary irrigation will be used for the first few years until they are established. The hedge will require two clippings a year to maintain its shape and it should take between five and eight years to reach its ideal height of 1.8 metres.


The hedge will be restored it its former glory.