Using a hedge instead of a wall or fence is literally a much more ‘green’ alternative. Whilst hedges have been used for centuries to make boundaries they still continue to play a useful part within our gardens. Not only can they absorb pollution and block out unwanted noise, they can provide a haven for birds and other wildlife, increasing the biodiversity of our surroundings. With the right care and attention a hedge can live for many years.

There are many options for you to choose from and not just the usual green cedar we are all familiar with. In fact nearly all shrubs can be utilised as a hedge depending on how quickly and how tall you need your hedge to be. Smaller shrubs such as Euonymus japonicus or Osmanthus make wonderful small hedge with a superb splash of colour. Looking at non-evergreen shrubs such as Spiraea or Berberis will not only provide a hardy and robust alternative but also open the door to many brightly coloured options. Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) will give you flaming red fall colour and a tough and tall hedge.

An alternative to a traditional hedge but still providing privacy would be the use of ‘Green Screens’. These are perfect for areas, which don’t have a lot of room and utilize plants such as vines grown up a framework that fill in to create a barrier. For example if you have a deck which connects to a neighbours, an idea would be to have a number of climbing plants or vines growing up a framework as a divide to keep nosey neighbours from peeking across. Alternatively slower growing trees such as Japanese Maples can be trained across a trellis to provide a similar idea but with a more rigid structure. Here at Cedar Rim we have a number of these already well established.

Check out our new hedging guide on the website or come in store to pick up a copy or talk with one of our customer service team for advice and information.