Hedges often mark property lines and are usually the first project for the garden.
But setting a hedge up means choosing the type of shrub: flowered, mixed or evergreen.
There are many options and not all shrubs are suited to growing in a hedge.
Single-variety hedges tend to disappear nowadays. These rows of shrubs end up looking like monotonous sad green walls and going for mixed, evergreen or flowered hedges is a great enhancement.
- This is our list of favorite types of hedge; for each, you’ll find a list of the matching shrub species, too.
A hedge that blooms all year round
Having flowers all year round also has the added advantage of attracting a good number of birds and insects that help protect your garden from diseases.
Not all flower shrubs are evergreen, but this slight disadvantage is quickly forgotten once blooms decorate the garden come spring, with mellow fragrances galore!
Evergreen hedge: it keeps its leaves all winter
As for care and maintenance, simple trimming is enough. For those who like clean gardens and who consider that raking leaves is an unbearable chore, these are perfect: no leaves to clear!
This hedge can even become very beautiful if the shrubs are carefully chosen – avoid restricting yourself to only one species, since mono-cultures are quite boring… and when they get sick, everything dies!
A natural mixed hedge, the perfect compromise?
Positioning shrubs along two rows allows for hiding away from neighbors or a busy street while offering a wide range of flowering, deciduous or evergreen shrubs.
A mixed hedge protects nature most, since every shrub is usually resistant to one or the other disease. This hedge also tops other hedges in supporting the garden ecosystem.
Did you know hedges protect Mother Nature?
If you increase the diversity of species used in a hedge, you will reduce the risk of seeing diseases and pests spreading across your garden.
As you can see, hedges play a major part in setting up a positive ecosystem in your garden.
Feel free to associate as many varieties and species as you wish, nature will enjoy it all the more!
Deciduous hedge by Mabel Amber under Pixabay license
Oleander hedge by Frank Schweitzer under Pixabay license
Relaxing behind a hedge by Andrzej Siwiec under Pixabay license
Mixed hedge by Jozsef Farago under Pixabay license
Bird in hedge by Thomas Wolter under Pixabay license