Design Tip #6 – In praise of the living hedge
Things to consider when choosing a hedge.
1. Function – Why might you want a hedge?
• As a wind-break
• For privacy or security
• As a backdrop to an herbaceous border and shrubs
• To attract wildlife
• To subdivide the garden into rooms
• To make a feature of a particular area for example enclosing a bench
2. Form – Make a shortlist of the possible plants.
• What type of soil do you have? Is it clay or sandy?
• What is the drainage like? Yew, for example, doesn’t like sitting in water.
• What height do you want it?
• Do you want it to be evergreen or not? Should it be a native hedge?
• How fast do you want it to grow?
• What colour do you want to introduce into the space?
• How permeable or dense do you want it?
• Would you benefit from a ‘stilt hedge’ (One which is made up of a row of trees)
3. Cost and Source it.
• What is the length of the run?
• How many do you need to plant per metre? Is it single or double planted?
• Consider whether it can be planted bare root or root ball? (If so, you might have to wait till next winter/spring)
• Do you want an instant effect – if so look at mature hedging suppliers.
4. Finally, plant & maintain it.
• Make sure you can take delivery and offload the plants and heal them in till you are ready to plant (i.e. don’t get it delivered too soon).
• Find the right person to plant it or if you are doing it yourself make sure you get advice on the right things to do.
• Make sure you have the right tools for the job! A good spade and set of hedge trimmers or better still employ someone to do it for you!
• Enjoy it and take photos regularly – it’s amazing how quickly it will grow.
Download: Tip #6 – In praise of the living hedge
If you need help answering these questions then do contact me.