How to choose the right species of hedge plants?
Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester48 guides
The different hedge plants
Hedges can star in a variety of roles. They can serve as a screen, a windbreaker and a boundary, among others. The plants that make up the hedge must be compatible with whatever function is required, therefore possessing the necessary qualities to fulfill the specific task. For example, a screen or classical hedge has for primary function to preserve a private space by forming a literal green wall. To best achieve this result, it is highly advisable to choose plants with evergreen foliage that go up high enough to successfully fulfill its intended purpose. There are also other factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as its aesthetic appeal and toughnesss, or in other words, its level of resistance to the cold. Some hedges, especially the windbreaker variety, will also required a certain permeabilitiy to block or allow wind.
Classic hedge plants
- Thuja plicata and "Atrovirens, also known as western red cedar are widely used in hedges;
- Prunus laurocerasus rotundifolia, or cherry laurel, is very strong and requires almost no maintenance;
- Cupressocyparis x leylandii, or Leyland cypress is a classic hedge plant;
- Prunus laurocerasus caucasica, the technical name for bay laurel, a fast growing, tough plant;
- Elaeagnus ebbingei, colloquially known as Ebbing's silverberry, can easily tolerate the cold, yield rapid growth, but requires more regular trimming;
- Cupressocyparis x leylandii, or 'Castlewellan gold' can be very interesting for hedges due to its variegated foliage;
- Taxus baccata, also known as English yew, is easily recognizable by its long stems and fine light green needles;
- Cupressus arizonica, or as its name indicates, "Arizona Cypress", is highly appealing due to it's blueish tint.
Remember that your hedges can be made up of different species of plants, provided they are all evergreen!
Landscape hedge plants have the responsibility of composing an efficient plant wall, all the while being aesthetically pleasing. They are commonly delievered in a kit, containing a mix of several species of plants, picked for their foliage and flowers. Not having to choose each individual species represents a significant time-saver! Keeping in mind that there are countless types of hedge plants, here are a few infamous species, revered for their resistance and strength:
Landscape hedge plants
- Viburnum tinus, also known as laurel tin, is an evergreen with intriguing flowers of a dark green shade;
- Photinia x, more affectionally known as red tip photinia often mistakenly overlooked, as their young red shoots and decorative leaves are a treat for the eyes;
- Eleagnus ebbigei, or Ebbing's silverberry is appealing due to its quick growth and persistent foliage;
- Philadelphus lewisii, a very fragrant white blossom with deciduous foliage, is also referred to as Gordon's mockorange;
- Viburnum opulus, the technical name for guelder-rose has deciduous foliage and a brilliant white bloom;
- Forsithya yields intense a yellow bloom in spring and features deciduous foliage;
- Wegelia has rich red colors on its deciduous foliage;
- Abelia x grandiflora is a semi-persistent plant with delicate flowering;
- Corylus maxima purpurea, or purple-leaved hazel, sports red deciduous foliage;
- Cotinus coggyria, colloquially known as a "smoke tree", these plants feature purple deciduous foliage and are auto-flowering.
Low hedge plants
- Lonicera nitida;
- Buxux sempervivens;
- Berberis thunbergii;
- Euonymus japonicus;
- Otto Luyken Prunus laurocerasus
Remember that low hedge plants can be composed of either a single species or a mix of several.
Windbreak hedge plants
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