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Garden Boundaries: Fence or Hedge?

TO FENCE OR TO HEDGE? It is likely that you will want or have to mark the boundaries of your garden, for security or a more decorative garden, or both. The quickest solution is obviously to erect a fence – … Continue reading

25. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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ULMUS (ELM) as a Hedgeplant

  (D = deciduous leaf losing) Ulmus procera (syn. U. campestris). When planted as a hedge, the English elm grows rapidly up to 10 ft., tolerates adverse conditions, and withstands hard clipping at any time of the year. Put in … Continue reading

23. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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SYRINGA (LILAC) as a Hedgeplant

(D = deciduous leaf losing) Syringa vulgaris, up to 7 ft. Lilac is usually grown for its flowers, and named varieties are obtainable in mauve, purple, pink, red and white. When grown as a formal hedge, and not as a … Continue reading

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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ROSMARINUS (ROSEMARY) as a Hedgeplant

(Evergreen) Rosmarinus officinalis, 3 to 4 ft., flourishes in mild and coastal areas, and likes well-drained or chalky soil and as much sunshine as possible. It bears blue flowers in early May and is very fragrant. Pinch out the tips … Continue reading

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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ROSA as a Hedgeplant

(Deciduous) Several species of rose can be used to make attractive flowering hedges. Plant 1-½ ft. apart in November if possible, though all roses may be planted throughout the winter provided there is no frost. The following make attractive screens … Continue reading

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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PYRACANTHA (FIRE THORN) as a Hedgeplant

(Evergreen) The bright green, leathery leaves make an attractive hedge whether the plants are clipped or not. The flowers are greenish-cream in June, and the red or orange berries persist for most of the winter. Trim in April, but do … Continue reading

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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PRUNUS as a Hedgeplant

(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen) Some of the deciduous cherries like Prunus cerasifera and P. avium make quite pleasing hedges, but the most useful member of the family is the evergreen laurel. Prunus laurocerasus (laurel) (E), … Continue reading

16. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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LIGUSTRUM (PRIVET) as a Hedgeplant

(semi-evergreen) The most ubiquitous hedge plant in the British Isles. It will tolerate a smoky atmosphere, wind, poor soil, and considerable neglect, and produces fragrant, dull white flowers in late July and August. 3 to 10 ft. Ligustrum ovalifolium (common … Continue reading

14. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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LONICERA as a Hedgeplant

(Evergreen) Lonicera nitida (Chinese honeysuckle), 4 to 6 ft. This is not a climbing species like most other honeysuckles, but a shrub with tiny, dark green, oval leaves. It makes a close hedge, beautifully firm when closely clipped. Plant small … Continue reading

14. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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LAVANDULA (LAVENDER) as a Hedgeplant

(E = evergreen) The fragrant, grey-green lavender is ideal for informal, low hedges or those bordering paths or driveways. The foliage remains grey in winter. Purple or, rarely, pink flowers in July. The spiky flower stalks, which give the plant … Continue reading

13. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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