If you decide to grow a hedge instead of a regular fence, the most important thing is to choose plants. There are many shrubs and trees that are suitable for this purpose, the choice is great. Our tips site decided to rank the plants that are best suited for arranging a hedge.
In the first place is thuja, the planting of which the portal devoted a separate article to. Unpretentious, beautiful and, importantly, an evergreen plant. In addition, it is very easy to form a hedge of various shapes from thuja..
The second place is rightfully taken by Lawson’s cypress. Similar in characteristics to thuja, but the branches are more densely and evenly arranged. Very beautiful, grows on poor soils, does not need watering. The only requirement is that Lawson’s cypress needs a lot of light, such a hedge will not grow in the shade.
The third place was given to ate. Also a coniferous plant, which is not so often used for growing hedges. But the fence will definitely turn out to be impassable, evergreen, very beautiful. It is not difficult to form a spruce hedge, and it can serve for hundreds of years, reliably protecting the site even from small animals.
In fourth place is the juniper. Also evergreen, coniferous, fluffy, easily pruned, practically not crumbling. Such a hedge will grow slowly, but it will remain on the site for a couple of centuries.
The fifth place is occupied by the berry yew. Of all the conifers for hedges, it is the least suitable for one simple reason – all its parts are poisonous. Therefore, in areas where there are small children who can eat the berry, you should not use it. Otherwise, it has all the advantages of other conifers, great for hedges.
The second half of our ranking is given to deciduous plants. And the sixth position is occupied by a beautiful, very decorative white dogwood. Its leaves are recognizable at first glance, in autumn they acquire a variety of shades, and the fence will look especially beautiful. It grows quickly, unpretentious, not afraid of frost. And in winter, even without leaves, a white turf hedge will look attractive thanks to the red tint of the branches..
In the seventh position, the crown cube. Very beautiful, sprawling shrub blooming in lush white clusters. Will accurately decorate any landscape design. Unpretentious, practically has no drawbacks.
The eighth line was occupied by Thunberg’s barberry. Beautiful thanks to its rich red leaves, unpretentious, easily formed. But it does not grow above 1 meter, so the fence will turn out to be mostly decorative, it will not be able to hide the area from the eyes of neighbors.
The ninth place is given to lilacs. A beautiful shrub familiar to everyone that tolerates frost well and grows practically without human intervention, without needing watering and feeding. But the lilac does not bloom for long, then the hedge does not look so beautiful at all. In addition, you need to regularly remove root shoots, otherwise lilacs will fill the entire area. And forming a hedge is hard enough.
And the hydrangea with its large leaves and lush flowers closes our rating. A very beautiful hedge will turn out, the plant blooms for a long time. But he is afraid of frost, needs protection from them, you need to water, and the crumbling flower petals need to be swept.
Hedges have both pros and cons. But if you choose the right plants for such a green fence, then all the disadvantages can be minimized..