A hedge is a line of shrubs or trees that are planted close to each other so that when they grow they can form a natural barrier. This form of planting is common in Europe and is used delineate one farm from another. It is also used to mark boundaries and to separate the road from the fields. When larger trees are planted within a hedge and allowed to reach its full height they are called hedgerows.
Hedges are an important part of the landscape of the European countryside. They also serve a very useful function and if you are planning on planting a hedge for your garden then that can be a great move on your part. To help you out in that endeavour, here are some of best plants for hedge planting that you can use:
• Boxwood- When you think about hedges that can be clipped to form perfect shapes you are thinking of boxwood. This plant can withstand the constant shaping and cutting to suit your fancy. You can let it grow tall to create a maze or have screen that can shield your house. It can reach heights of up to 20 feet.
• Glossy Abelia– The flowers of this plant is a favourite among butterflies who might frequent your garden. Glossy abelias can form a natural arch that can reach a height of up to 6 feet, but of course you can trim it down to make it a little lower.
• Amur Maple- This is a tree that you can trim to create a medium sized hedge or you can let it grow to its full height to provide a spectacle during autumn once its leaves turn to red. When you are planting it as a hedgerow make sure that you do frequent trimming to ensure that a lot of branches are going to grow out of the plant.
• Japanese Barberry- Growing to a height of up to 6 feet, this plant has thorns that help to make a near impenetrable barrier. Before you plant it however you better check the regulations in your area as some consider this plant to be highly invasive.
• Flowring Quince- This is another plant that’s armed with thorns making it an ideal barrier plant. It can bear pink, white or red flowers and can grow up to a height of 10 feet.
• Sawara False Cypress- This is a very slow growing plant that can reach a height of 6 feet in 20 years. It has delicate looking foliage that makes it ideal for decorative purposes.
• Holly- When you trim and prune it on a regular basis the holly plant can work well as a hedge.
• Juniper- This plant is very versatile. There are creepers, shrubs and full grown trees. All types of junipers work well with pruning which means that they can be used as hedges.
These are just some of the plants that can be used as hedges. Try them out and make that garden of yours look exceptional right now.