Gardens with hedges are great green screens and make natural boundaries, wind breaks, sun shelters, borders and backdrops.There are best plants for hedging and you may choose the ones as you like.

A small hedge that can be used as a border around the garden is Rosemary. Its compact and tight foliage gives a dense hedge that is also great for cooking.

Medium hedges up to a metre high are perfect for lining paths and dividing a garden into rooms. Buxus is great, and a native variety of it , westringia is far better, because it is as tough as old boots and grows well in most spots. It also has a smoky silver to the leaf that helps to add light to a garden.

For something with a fragrant flower, michelia figo can’t be beaten, because it holds its flowers in close to the stems so they don’t get pruned off.

For tall hedges, take a look at the genus viburnum. It’s a group of plants with a wide variety of looks. Viburnum odoratissum is the most common, but viburnum suspensum has a bit more texture to the leaf that adds interest. Other well-suited plants are leighton green cypress and magnolia grandiflora.

Not all hedges need to be tightly clipped and formal. Bamboo and nandina make a great hedge for screening, but make sure you go for a clumping bamboo, because this won’t run around the garden and be a nightmare for you and the neighbours. Ghost bamboo, dendrocalamus minor var. amoenus are some other varieties to use as hedge screening for your garden.

Whatever the hedge, installation and care is much the same – and it starts with soil preparation. Dig in lots of compost or well-rotted manure – this helps the soil to hold more water and nutrients, which is vital. Space the plants at one-third of the final height of the hedge. For example, if the hedge is to be three metres tall, space the plants at one metre.

The hedge will need dressing with mulch and feeding in early spring and early summer with a complete fertiliser.The key to a successful bushy hedge is to maintain pruning from the start.Don’t let it grow to the height you want and then start pruning, because this leads to a leggy and sparse result.Exteriors.

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