Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Functions of Garden Hedges and Plant Choices

Crabapple LandscapExperts suggest there are many reasons to include a hedge on the properties you manage.  

Functions of Hedges
  • Privacy: A hedge can be a security shield, act as screening, a barrier to traffic noise levels; hedges mark property lines, control human and animal passage ways
  • Enclosure: Hedges create practical borders or dividers, separate areas using low shrubs as hedges, demarcate gardens, edge and define paths  
  • Organic fence-substitute: A hedge allows filtered wind to pass through unlike a solid fence, protects more delicate plants from cold weather or acts as a windbreak, and hedges are  renewable resources, and can be environmentally beneficial as wildlife refuges
  • Decorative: Hedges enhance the proportion and appearance of house and lawns, cost effective, long lasting, low maintenance
Materials for hedges
Evergreen Hedges are unchanging throughout the year, and can serve as tall privacy screens or low borders. They are often formally sheared, which means higher maintenance costs. 

Tall Screening 
  • Holly 
  • Illicum
  • Dwarf Wax Myrtle/Bayberry
  • Camellia
  • Tea Olive 
Low Evergreen Hedges are useful to separate areas
  • Boxwood 
  • Dwarf Holly, Box Holly
  • Indian Hawthorn 
  • Glossy Abelia  
  • Pittosporum
Deciduous Hedges are often more informal

Flowering and fruiting hedges are chosen for compact growth without pruning. 
  • Knockout Roses 
  • Forsythia
  • Lilac 
  • Blueberry
  • Azaleas
  • Hydrangea
  • Ornamental grasses 
Specialty hedges can be chosen for their thorns. Some of these include 
  • Barberry
  • Citrus
  • Roses
  • Quince
  • Cotoneaster
A word to the wise: two hedging materials are problematic: Leyland Cypress tends to get too large and swallows up properties, block windows, cut sunlight, while Privet or Ligustrum is an invasive exotic, spread by seed and invader of parks and natural areas. 

Photo Credits thanks to Missouri Botanic Garden, Knockout Roses


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  2. Dear concretecoloursystems2, It is not difficult to create a hedge, it simply takes time. Start your plantings young, keep on top of the pruning as they are growing, maintain carefully. Best wishes, gardengeri on behalf of Crabapple LandscapExperts

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