Hedging Plants, Hedges, Garden Screens for Garden Boundaries


flowering hedging plants

If you have only a small garden and if you really want your hedge for nothing more than a border between your plot and the next, think in terms of some pretty flowering hedging plant which will help you decorate the house indoors as well as out.

Roses are ideal. Strong growers can be used as boundary hedges. If you keep pegging long trails down into the ground, the hedge will keep tidy and grow thick enough to keep animals out. Many of the shrub roses are ideal for this purpose. Zephyrine Drouhin is a thornless rose good for hedges.

Some roses make wonderful hedging plants. Many of the hardy, vigorous modern floribundas are perfect for this purpose. We must not forget either that a flowering floribunda hedge is a continuous source of flowers for the home for many months of the year.

There are also many other types of roses that make good outer hedges and a keen rosarian would, on request, present you with a large list of roses, species, hybrids and varieties which would certainly be suitable for a hedge, but not all are labour-saving and certainly not all are suitable for the small garden. It is one thing to remove dead wood or to thin out in March, but another to have to remove limitless dead flowers during summer as well, a time when so much else calls for attention.

A rose hedge looks charming in association with some other plant growing as a low hedge before and below it. A good choice is one which retains its leaves all winter so that when the rose bushes are bare of foliage there will be some other plant to hold the interest. I recommend the silver or grey-leaved shrubs such as lavender, santolina or senecio. If these silver bushes are allowed to bloom there is the extra value of summer colour. Sometimes tall growing roses are planted with a dwarfer form before them.

There must be many gardeners at the seaside. Those who live in coastal areas do have particular problems as well as advantages. The greatest enemy is wind, which is not only strong but also salt-laden and causes plants, evergreens in particular, to become burned. On the other hand, coastal districts are warmer in winter than inland. For this reason, many tender or not quite hardy plants can be grown in sheltered gardens.

Obviously hedges are of great importance for shelter, and often not one, but several, are essential, according to the design of the garden. Generally I believe that some boundary other than a hedge is best, for this can be built on the side of the prevailing wind and in its lea many attractive plants can be grown. In small gardens a wind-break of something other than plant material can be established, while to make it more decorative one of the suitable trees may be planted near it.

In windy places and near the sea there are many silver leaved plants such as Senecio greyi with yellow daisies, or the herb, rosemary. The shrubby veronicas will give you flowers in autumn and late summer. Veronica is evergreen and prettily flowered. There are variegated forms good for small gardens and good near the sea. So are escallonia, euonymus and Fuchsia riccartonii. Olearia haastii which becomes smothered with blossom and truly earns its name Daisy Bush, will grow anywhere. Various types of berberis are good and pretty in spring and autumn. Escallonia is also evergreen and blooming.

A hedge of lavender is often just the thing to divide a flower garden. If you can raise the soil and plant the bushes on top of a ridge, a bank or a wall it will do even better for lavender is naturally a seaside plant and likes a sunny exposed situation. It resists the wind wonderfully well. Its thin leaves are designed just for that purpose.

26. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Boundaries - Hedging, Fencing, Gardening Ideas | Tags: | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Please can you tell me the name of the plant you have pictured in your hedging plants, hedges, garden screens for garden boundaries page.

  2. Hi Margaret. The hedging in the featured picture above is Ribes Sanguineum – otherwise known as the flowering currant.
    See Ribes – Popular Shrubs for the Garden


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