By Tammy Sons
Hedges are plants or shrubs grown together in a row or trained form to get the desired effect. They are usually grown in gardens for privacy or to act as partition in the area. Well cut hedges provide a neat and classy touch to the ambience. There are many types of shrubs and plants used for hedging purposes. Some of the common hedges are evergreen shrubs, boxwood shrubs, holly plants, privets and mountain laurels. There are some trees also that are used as hedges like Canadian Hemlocks and European Beech trees.
Many fast growing hedges are available in the markets that require less maintenance. You can also go in for fancy hedges that need to be pruned regularly to maintain their shape. Once you have decided what kind of hedge plant you want for your garden, you can go about thinking where you need to plant them. Hedges can be grown on the borders of your garden to act as a natural fence or else you can use them to act as partition between certain areas in the garden. They can also be planted besides lanes or walkways. Prepare the soil properly and put ample amount of compost so that hedge plants survive longer.
Hedges require intensive labor of regular pruning, cutting and trimming so maintenance is the key thing to have healthy and beautiful hedges. Water the plants on a regular basis and put compost in soil atleast once every year. Fertilizers and other organic elements provide better growing conditions for hedge plants. There are many hedging styles that can be tried out in the garden depending on what you like.
Some of the common hedge plants used in home gardens are Boxwood, English Yew, Privet and Leylandii. Boxwood shrub needs relatively less maintenance as compared to the other hedge plants and it can easily be planted in pots
There is so much supervision and caring needed for hedge plants that you cannot leave any room for errors. If the hedge plants are watered, pruned and maintained well then they can accentuate the beauty of your garden for many years.