Setting up a flowered hedge

Hedges protect us from prying eyes, create intimacy, break the wind and protect our gardens.

Flowered hedges boast many advantages and can even become truly ornamental.

Whereas evergreen hedges block out nosy neighbors, flowered hedges can be formed with both evergreen and deciduous shrubs.

This guarantees a high level of diversity to please the eye and the ecosystem, too.

Which shrubs are best for a flowered hedge?

Here is a selection of “favorite shrubs” that can be used to create and grow a flowered hedge:

Escallonia
Red-orange escallonia flowers on a branch from a flowering hedge.
From May until the end of summer, Escallonia offers beautiful flowers that range from pink to red depending on the variety.
California lilac or soap bush
A California lilac hedge covered in blue flowers.
Their generous May blooming make these shrubs one of the most common flowered hedges – with good reason!
Mock-orange
Flower hedge grown from mock-orange, with white flowers.
Abundant and magnificent flowers in May and June.
Weigela
Flowering hedge grown from pale pink-flowered weigela shrubs.
Amazing blooming, abundant and plentiful, from the beginning of spring until the beginning of summer.
Strawberry tree
Strawberry tree grown as a hedge with both fruits and flowers at the same time.
This evergreen shrub produces beautiful edible fruits during its flowering season which extends from August to November. Imagine yourself near the Mediterranean in the blink of an eye!
Mexican Orange
Hedge covered with small white flowers, grown from mock orange.
Beautiful white flowers from April onwards and soothing tender green leaves all year round.
Forsythia
Flower hedge grown from forsythia flower shrubs.
Sparkling yellow flowers, almost golden, give all their color at the beginning of spring!
Hawthorn
Hedges grown from Hawthorn bear white flowers, then red berries.
Amazing white blanket of flowers, followed by bright red berries. Astounding!
French broom
A hedge in full bloom with a red and yellow French broom variety.
The dark green leaves of French broom mark a spectacular contrast to its many small fragrant flowers from April to June. Guaranteed seaside atmosphere!
Buddleja
Hedges grown from buddleja will bear amazing amounts of flowers.
Also called buddleia, this shrub is enchanting thanks to the beauty of its flowers and the perfume it spreads. They are easy to grow, and their blooming will enchant you until the beginning of fall.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Flower hedge with Hawthorn by PortiaTurbo under Public Domain
Escallonia flower hedge by Jane Kirkwood under Pixabay license
California lilac flower hedge by Leonora (Ellie) Enking under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Mock-orange flower hedge by Hans Braxmeier under Pixabay license
Weigela flower hedge by shell_ghostcage under Pixabay license
Strawberry tree hedge by David Eickhoff under © CC BY 2.0
Mock orange flower hedge by ARLOUK under Pixabay license
Forsythia flower hedge by Karsten Paulick under Pixabay license
Hawthorn flower hedge by Barry Caruth under © CC BY-SA 2.0
French broom flower hedge by Anita Menger under Pixabay license
Buddleia flower hedge by Karen Arnold under Pixabay license

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  • Theresa Helem wrote on 8 June 2018 at 14 h 43 min

    Planting Zones? All your wonderful information and beautiful pictures is pointless and a waste of time without knowing the planting zones the various plants will live in.

    • Gaspard Lorthiois wrote on 9 June 2018 at 7 h 54 min

      Hi Theresa! Thank you for finding the website nice. We just launched last January, and decided to get the basic information right before adapting it to zones. I’ll be working on that shortly!

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