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Using artificial hedges in outdoor areas: A case study

We always love hearing from our customers, so when we received an amazing response from our client Matt about his artificial hedges, we knew we had to share it with the world! 

Driveways are an often overlooked area when it comes to the exterior of a residence. However, we’d argue that it’s actually a really important area of a property, given how visible it is in our daily lives. 

There’s also, of course, the curb appeal factor – no one wants to be that one person in the neighbourhood with an eyesore of a driveway. Investing in a driveway makeover can go a long way in making your home stand out for all the right reasons.

Artificial hedges are also great for maintaining privacy, which is one of the main reasons Matt wanted to use them in the first place.

We’re grateful to Matt for sharing his observations and thoughts about his incredible project using our artificial hedges. His driveway and adjoining outdoor entertainment area looks worthy of a magazine cover!

Read on to find out more about the project and what you need to consider when taking on a project like this.

Driveway with artificial hedge and wood fencing with pebbles and artificial topiary balls.jpg

Artificial hedges have aesthetic appeal

One of the key benefits of using an artificial hedge is that it stays green and looks perfectly trimmed all year long! Anyone who has had to deal with their real life counterparts will tell you that maintaining hedges requires a lot of time and effort, and most people outsource hedge trimming just to make sure it gets done right.

On the flip side, waiting for a real hedge to fill out is also a concern. Artificial hedges, however, come to you already ‘fully grown’. This is great for those of us who are a little more impatient, or simply want a project to look great from the start.

Another thing to consider is that artificial hedges don’t shed like real hedges do, which was an important factor for Matt. There are few things worse than seeing dried leaves all over a driveway or strewn across pristine white pebbles. You’d be surprised how much time in a day can be wasted just cleaning up dried leaves, especially during particularly dry months or windy weather.

View of the driveway and outdoor dining area featuring the fabulours artificial hedge and topiary balls

Artificial hedges are low maintenance

If you opt for artificial hedges, you’re saving yourself a lot of time and effort in the long term. These plants do not require any watering, fertilising, trimming, or soil replacement. Just set it up and you’re good to go!

This is particularly important for homeowners who simply do not have the time to maintain real life hedges, or simply do not enjoy gardening, but still want to be surrounded by greenery. Our non-toxic, realistic, UV-protected artificial hedges are a low-maintenance option that can instantly green up any space.

Consider different colours and textures

Matt shares that he noticed that his driveway was a really dark colour, and in order for his project to really pop, he needed to break up the large expanse of the dark concrete with other colours and textures.

He very cleverly used white ice pebbles to add contrast and lightness. These pebbles help delineate the edge of the driveway too, adding a bit of a sculptural design element to the project. The artificial topiary balls that are placed along this white pebbled area at equal intervals also add a polished look.

Matt noticed that the long fence along the driveway would’ve been just too much green if they’d opted for hedges from top to bottom. He found a very creative solution to this – Merbau decking! The decking allowed them to achieve enough height for privacy while incorporating more colour and texture to the project.

The wood decking and greenery combines to create a half-wall look that has become increasingly popular. We’ve seen dozens of clients use this approach to decorate their fences, with some even creating chevron designs or unique framed green walls for their outdoor spaces.

Topiary balls installed upon white pebbles add a designer look to this project

Think of it as a long-term investment

Matt points out that although the initial cost of this project was high, he calculated that it will pay for itself within 5 years. This makes absolute sense when you consider the costs you save when you don’t need to clean up leaves, trim the hedge, water the hedge, or replace dead plants.

Aside from saving on costs financially, there’s also something to be said about the amount of time you’ll save from not having to do all that. That’s time that can be spent enjoying your beautiful outdoor space with family and friends instead!

More importantly, these hedges will continue looking fresh, structured, and eye-catching for many years. Having hedges that help create privacy all year round and looks good in every season is a pretty great deal.

Let us help you with your next project

Our artificial hedges, green walls, and plants are an attractive addition to any home decorating project. Whether you’re looking at redecorating an outdoor space like a patio, or you want to spruce up the interior of your home, artificial greenery can create an impact and stay evergreen, no matter the season!

We can help you find the perfect artificial greenery for your project. Simply get in touch with us and let us know what you’re planning to do, and we’ll assist you in creating the perfect green space for you to enjoy for years to come.

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