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Choosing Plants for a Hedge

Keep these points in mind when choosing plants for a hedge.

Tips for choosing hedging plants:

  • Any shrub that has dense, branched growth and short internodes (the length of stem between the leaves) should be suitable for a hedge.
  • Ideally, select an evergreen, or choose a deciduous shrub with enough twiggy growth to maintain the structure when its leaves have fallen for the winter.
  • A shrub that responds to pruning by producing new side shoots from young or old wood is usually a good choice.
  • Choose a shrub that retains good leaf cover to ground level and does not get leggy with age.
  • Do not skimp on cost. A hedge is a long-term investment, and it is much better to get it right than compromise on cost.
  • Plant the best stock you can find. Healthy, vigorous plants will give you the effect you are looking for more quickly.
  • Bigger is not always better. Large plants may take longer to establish themselves in the soil and resume top growth.