Last Updated Dec 15, 2010 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Sometimes it is necessary to quickly fill some space in your garden, such as when you've removed an old plant, or you need to screen off old or unattractive fences or sheds. Plants that grow quickly are a cost effective and attractive solution. Read on for some ideas.
To have truly fast growing plants, you will need to choose one that is suited for your climate, as well as the type of soil you have and how much sun the area in your garden receives (this is called the aspect). Your local nurseries will be able to give you the information that you need in this regard and help you choose the perfect plant. As well as the points just mentioned, they will also work towards the type of plant that you want – a shrub, climber, or tree, fragranced or un-fragranced, flower colour, and so on. They will also prevent you from choosing a plant that may be classified as a weed in your area – weeds grow extremely quickly but they can pose problems to other plants and be very difficult to remove down the track.
Some great fast growing plants include:
Many native plants grow quickly and they are best used in gardens that have well-drained soil as they don't like to get their feet wet. They are also great for areas in drought as they do not need a lot of water to grow.
Some great trees include jacaranda, virgilia and cape wedding flower. For shrubs, look at lavender, hebe, daisies, plumbago, and oleander (be careful with oleander if you have children as it is toxic). Other plant choices may include alyssum, jasmine, star jasmine, morning glory, ivy geranium, and heliotrope.
If you're after a fast growing hedge for screening, some choices include lillypilly, pittosporum, murraya, and English box. As well as being fast growers, they are dense (especially with regular trimming) so they are ideal for giving you privacy or hiding something that you don't want seen.