How to Choose the Right Shrubs for a Hedge
By: Julie Day
Hedges are wonderful pieces of living architecture that provide security, privacy, and shelter from winds. They also add dimension to your garden design by creating separate outdoor spaces or “rooms.”
A healthy, well groomed hedge does take some work, but the key to creating a low-maintenance hedge is choosing the right plants. Here are some tips for choosing shrubs to use for hedges in your yard.
What to Look for in a Hedge Shrub
A hedge range from a free form mixed border to a sharply clipped living fence. A formal hedge will clearly define a boundary, while an informal one will blend subtly into the surroundings.
When choosing a hedge, look for shrubs that meet the following criteria:
- Affordable Shrubs: To grow a proper hedge, you’ll need to space the shrubs so that they can grow to their natural width with only a small amount of overlap. This can mean buying a lot of shrubs! Most people regard a hedge as a backdrop, rather than a featured part of the landscape, and choose more economical plants. However, it’s up to you to decide the purpose and overall effect of your hedge.
Common Hedge Shrubs
Popular evergreen hedge shrubs include:
- Chamaecyparis (False Cypress)
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