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Planning Hedges

January 30th, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about hedges during this winter season. As I walk around the sleeping garden, I’m trying to decide where hedges will help with snow drifting, wind, and provide much needed structure and interest. I’m also in need of hedges to close up spaces and break my very large garden into smaller, more intimate areas. I’ve always been enamored with hedges, I notice and photograph them everywhere I go. One place I particularly loved the hedges was in Sweden.

At the moment, I’ve selected a few different hedges to instal this summer. One is going to be a particularly large undertaking, around 400 beech plants around two side of the main garden in the back. This spring will be spent preparing the ground for them and hopefully I will be able to order them and get them planted in early summer. Here’s hoping we don’t have another drought this coming summer!

Do you have any hedges in your garden? What’s your favorite hedge plant?

3 Comments to “Planning Hedges”
  1. Nebraska Dave on January 30, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Susy, yes, I do have a hedge in progress. I used the Rugosa Rose hedge. It’s still a work in progress. To get a hedge like you saw in Sweden takes many years to accomplish. I have been working with mine for upward of four years and still it has gaps to fill in. This year the main bushes have sprouts that can be used to fill in the gaps. Mine hedge will not be a groomed hedge but basically a shrub that will be pretty wild looking. I chose the Rugosa Rose because it has roses all summer; it’s very rugged and has it’s origin from the coast of Maine; and it has thorns for a first defense against the wild animals. The hedge is along the road outside the wooden fence which helps to block the garden from the view of those passing by. I’m at a point in the development now that I have to lock up the garden to keep vandals out. It’s just the way the city is these days.

    Have a great hedge planning day.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer

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  2. Joan on January 31, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I’ve often thought of putting in hedges of native red-osier dogwood or a row of elderberry. The dogwood would provide lots of winter interest, and the elderberry would provide berries with lots of antioxidants. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to it!

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    • Susy on February 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      I’m planning a dogwood hedge too, I’ll have to start a few plants for you.

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