Selecting the type of hedge to place in your garden is no small task, especially because they are a stand-out element when it comes to the overall look of your lawn. In recent years, a new school of thought has emerged that steers away from formal hedging. Common formal hedges included juniper, holly, and other similar varieties. Now, many people are beginning to plant informal hedges with shrubs and bushes that would have seemed ludicrous before.
When choosing a plant for an informal hedge, there are a few characteristics that should be sought after. It is important that they are compact and grow quickly Large plants tend to take on a life of their own and do not react well to shaping. Roses are now a common informal hedge with many varieties that tolerate pruning and shaping. Chinese lilac is also recommended because it is low-maintenance, compact, and it grows exceptionally fast.
If you desire a denser and more formal looking hedge, you need to find types that respond well to clipping and are capable of achieving a clean line. Escallonia and Photina are two of the most popular formal hedges. Lemonwood makes for a decent dense barrier and Ngaio can be trained to achieve the formal hedge look as well. Holly, in particular, is especially popular among Europeans, especially during the aristocratic era. They boast deep green foliage, and if planted correctly, with both male and female within the same vicinity, they will even become adorned with fiery red berries. Many people imagine the stereotypical Christmas holly whenever this hedge is mentioned, but holly is much more diverse than that. It comes in different shapes and sizes, with different varieties of leaves and berries.
Years ago, it was possible to name the top three or four variety of hedge plants. Today, the possibilities are endless.