There is something special about a healthy, well maintained hedge. A symmetrical wall of green creates visual and physical limits in the landscape and provides a softer effect than wood or plastic materials. Hedges are an effective backdrop for flower beds and borders or may stand on their own in a diversity of shapes and sizes. Shrub plantings can be allowed to grow into a natural, informal hedge or they may be pruned (sheared) into a formal hedge.
Shrubs suitable for small hedges (less than 5 feet in height) include:
- barberry (Berberis)
- boxwood (Buxus)
- inkberry (Ilex)
- alpine currant (Ribes)
These shrubs can be utilized as tall hedges (those greater than 5 feet in height)
- while Privet (Ligustrum)
- lilac (Syringa)
- yew (Taxus)
- arborvitae (Thuja) .
Maintaining a formal hedge
When to prune
Lilac and dogwood hedges (left, right, respectively) will not require as much pruning as a pine hedge (center).
Different pruning styles and species can be mixed to create a variety of hedges
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