Why Plant a Hedge

Hedges can be an essential component of the landscape, providing a variety of benefits. They are often used to mark boundaries and define spaces, whether it be a garden or property, agricultural land or a park. While walls and fences can also be used to mark boundaries, hedges are a more cost-effective and versatile option. Hedges offer added privacy and security to a property. Not only do they help keep unwanted visitors out, but they also help to contain young children and pets within the garden limits. Hedges that grow tall can also be used to screen unwanted views, while a well-placed hedge can be used to frame and enhance important views within a garden.

In addition to marking boundaries and providing privacy, hedges also serve as effective wind barriers. Unlike walls and fences, hedges filter the wind, creating a sheltered microclimate that allows plants to thrive in improved growing conditions. Hedges can also be shaped and trimmed to create architectural forms that add a striking feature to any garden. With so many colours and different characteristics to choose from, selecting the right type of hedge for your needs requires careful consideration.

Choosing Hedge Plants

When choosing a hedge, it is important to consider the purpose of the hedge, the space available, and the climate in which it will grow. Hedges can be deciduous or evergreen, and the choice will depend on the desired aesthetic and function of the hedge. Deciduous hedges provide seasonal interest, with leaves changing colour in autumn before falling off in winter. They also let light through in winter, allowing sunlight to warm up the soil and the plants growing underneath. Evergreen hedges, on the other hand, provide year-round coverage and privacy.

When selecting a hedge, the space available is also an important consideration. The density of planting will depend on the desired height of the hedge, and the space available for planting. When planted too far apart, hedges will take longer to grow and will not provide adequate coverage. Planting hedges closer together will encourage them to grow into each other more quickly and will reduce the need for pruning. Read more about Hedge Plant Spacing on our advice page. 

The climate in which the hedge will grow is also important to consider. Some hedges are more suited to certain climates, for example, Griselinia which is perfect for coastal climates, and choosing the wrong hedge can result in poor growth or even death of the plants. It is important to choose a hedge that is well adapted to the climate in which it will grow, and that is able to withstand the local weather conditions.

Hedge Maintenance 

Hedges also require maintenance, including regular trimming and pruning. The frequency of maintenance will depend on the type of hedge, the desired shape, and the growth rate of the plants.

Most hedges can be shaped and trimmed to create striking architectural features and there are many colours and characteristics to choose from. When selecting a hedge, it is important to consider the purpose of the hedge, the space available, and the climate in which it will grow. Proper maintenance will ensure that the hedge remains healthy and attractive for many years to come.