Choosing hedges for your garden is one of the most important decisions you will make in your gardening life. You have to choose wisely because if you don’t, then it’s going to cost you money. If not, then it won’t do any good at all! So let me tell you what I think are the best hedges for my own garden.
I’ll start with some of the more common ones, but there are many others. Then I’ll go into details about each one.
1) Juniper: A popular choice for privacy hedges due to its low maintenance and ease of care.
They’re easy to grow too and they’re very durable. Junipers like full sun so you needn’t worry about them getting scorched by the midday sun or even shade from afternoon shade. They’re also drought tolerant so they’ll survive dry spells.
2) Holly: Another popular choice for privacy hedges because of their high resistance to pests and diseases.
They’re hardy and adaptable, which makes them great choices for zones 6 through 9 where winters can be harsh.
3) Blueberry: These are another popular choice because they’re easy to grow and require little attention other than watering when needed.
They’re one of the few plants that can be eaten or used for decoration. The berries can be made into jams and jellies while the leaves and stems can be used for teas and decorations.
4) Rose: An evergreen shrub that’s extremely popular because of their lovely flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall.
They come in various colors such as white, pink and red. Be sure to space them enough apart since they can grow very large.
5) Yew: These evergreen shrubs have glossy green needles and they’re very slow growing.
They make a dense hedge when grown together and require little attention other than pruning every now and then.
6) Oregon Grape: These bushes have small yellow flowers that turn into purple berries which can be used for decorations.
They are self-pollinating so you only need one bush to get berries. It grows slowly and can easily survive in poor, dry soil. However, it’s susceptible to fireblight so be careful with candles near them.
7) Mountain Laurel: These bushes can grow up to 20 feet and can tolerate partial shade.
They’re great for dry areas since they’re drought tolerant and can even thrive without much attention. However, they can be susceptible to disease so if you choose this one be sure to purchase disease free bushes.
8) Amur Honeysuckle: This is a thicket growing bush that has white or pink flowers in the spring.
It can grow up to 15 feet and it’s extremely beautiful when in bloom. It is shade tolerant, but it will only grow to a certain height in full shade. However, it will grow very wide in shade so keep that in mind when planting it.
9) Butterfly Bush: This bush is commonly used in gardens because not only is it decorative, but it will attract various types of butterflies.
It has a lovely fragrance and grows to be about 4 feet.
These are just a few examples of hedges you can plant in your garden. Be sure to do your research before you decide on what you want. Good luck!
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