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Hedging Plants

As of December 2010 will have a brand new dedicated hedging plant area.

A hedge or hedgerow is a line of closely spaced shrubs and tree species, planted and trained in such a way as to form a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area. Hedges used to separate a road from adjoining fields or one field from another, and of sufficient age to incorporate larger trees, are known as hedgerows. It is also a simple form of topiary.

A lot of popular shrubs can be used as a hedge, such as photinia and viburnum tinus. These provide an evergeen alternative to a fence or wall. There are many traditional hedging plants such as ligustrum (privet), crataegus (hawthorn) and fagus (beech) which will offer a changing boundary line as their appearance shifts with the seasons.

Plants such as pyracantha (firethorn) and crataegus are great for security as they have vicious thorns that would deter any intruder.

We must not forget the much meligned conifer cupressus leylandii. This plant receives a lot of bad press mostly caused by people who do not maintain them properly. The leylandii is a perfect quick growing evergreen hedging plant which will not turn into a monster if pruned two or three times a year.

On the other end of the scale is buxus (box) which was traditionally used in the kitchen gardens of large estates as borders between there herb beds, formally to edge rose gardens and even in the construction of mazes. This is a perfect shrub for a low hedge with an average growth rate of around 3cm(1”) a year.

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