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Garden Hedge With Mixed Hedging Plants.
 

Brighten up a Conifer Hedge.

                 

Hedges for easy maintenance & good windbreaks.
Brighten up a conifer hedge
A hedge made entirely of conifers can look fairly austere. Give it a touch of colour by sowing seeds of
a deciduous flowering climber such as tropaeolum or cobaea at the base just after its spring trim.
  • Using the secure support provided by the conifers, these plants will climb up into the hedge,
brightening it up with a sprinkling of colourful flowers.
An easy-maintenance hedge: Rather than planting vigorous conifers that expand sideways and have to be cut back, plant a row of conifers with an upward-growing habit and a spread that rarely exceeds a metre. Try the Canadian thuja (Thuja  occidentalis) ‘Smaragd’ or Irish juniper (Juniperus  communis) ‘Hibernica'. With these Varieties, you will just need to give the tops a regular trim, but you won’t have to worry, about any sideways expansion.
A good windbreak:  If you live in an exposed area, you may need a hedge to provide some protection from strong winds. The best sort of hedge to create an effective windbreak is one that filters the wind, rather than blocking it completely. A solid hedge could be damaged or even uprooted in very stormy weather, whereas a hedge that allows the wind through will reduce the impact of the weather by as much as 75 per cent.
  • A windbreak will protect an area of ground equal to twenty times its height for every metre in
length. This means that a hedge 1.8 metres tall and ten metres long will protect an area of 360 square metres: a considerable space. Check the height of the mature plants and how quickly they will grow when choosing the best ones to use. For suitable species for windy sites, see the Windbreak suggestions in the table  below.
 
 
A selection of suitable hedging plants.              
Key
E Evergreen
Q Quickgrowing
SE Semi-evergreen
                          
                   Use the table and its key to choose the type of hedge that will suit your requirements and the conditions in your garden.

 
Harsh climate

 
Temperate climate

 
Coastal climate

 
 
FOR SECURITY

Barberry Hedging Plants
 
 
 
 
Hawthorn (Q)
Blackthorn
Dog rose
Rugosa rose
Holly (E)
Barberry
Pyracantha (E)

 
 
 
            All the plants in
previous column.

 
 
 
Gorse (E)
Sea buckthorn (Q)
Hawthorn (Q)

 
FOR SCREENING

 
Beech Hedging Plants
 
 
Japanese quince
Thuja (E/Q)
Privet (E/Q)
Picea abies (E/Q)
Yew (E)
Spindle tree
Hornbeam
Beech
Cherry laurel (E/Q)

 
 
Japanese spindle
Laurustinus (E)
Aucuba (E)
Mahonia (E)
Photinia (E)
Escallonia (E/Q)
 
 
Elaeagnus x
ebbingei (E/Q)
Portugal laurel (E)
Olearia (E)
Pittosporum (E)
Escallonia (E)

WINDBREAK

Tamarisk Hedging Plant
 
Hazel (Q)
Field maple (Q)
Elder (Q)
Laurustinus (E)
Privet (E/SE/Q)
Lawsons cypress
(E/Q)

 
All the plants in the previous column, plus pollarded birch and bamboo.

Atriplex (SE)
Tamarisk
Olearia (E)
Pittosporum (E)
Escallonia (E)

LOW DIVISION

 
Box (E)
lonicera nitida (E/Q)
Lavender (SE)
Rosemary (E/Q)

 
Lavender (SE)
Cinquefoil
Potentilla

 
Fuchsia
Cotton lavender (E)
Lavender (SE)

FOR FLOWERING

 Hydrangea Hedging Plants
Japanese quince
Deutzia
Forsythia
Flowering currant
Gooseberry
Lilac
Spiraea
Weigela
Laburnum

Rock rose
Broom
Rose
Abelia (SE)
Sea buckthorn (Q)
Bladder senna
Buddleia
Lilac
Crab apple

 
Hydrangea
Escallonia (E/Q)
Sea buckthorn (Q)

 

 
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