The best plants for hedges
Hedgerows are not only important structural and protective objects. They create a canvas for landscaping the garden, give the projects completeness and integrity, emphasize the style. The most economical in terms of the area occupied by the hedge and the most expressive are regular, or sheared, living fences and walls.
Luxurious textures of a perfect surface do not go out of fashion since they became an invariable attribute of the design of luxurious European parks and palace gardens. They look spectacular, but require constant care and careful care, they will not forgive mistakes and negligence. And success largely determines the right choice of cultures.
Let's get acquainted with the best plants for creating hedges:
Compact woody with a very dense crown of whorled branches, slowly growing and easy to breed, yews are among the most affordable and adaptable conifers. Juicy green color, perfectly even and very dense hedge surface and impeccable appearance - these are their main advantages. Yews are characterized by rather intensive growth, good resistance to diseases and pests, and almost minimal care for the created green fence.
From the yew create green hedges with a height of 1 meter. Of all types of yew for hedges, they prefer to use yew berry and its many varieties and forms, which are selected based on the height of the plants and the desired color of the hedge.
Prerequisites for Yew
Yews are considered the most shade-hardy of conifers and the most suitable for forming hedges. They are able to put up with a strong shadow and brighter lighting, but achieve the greatest decorativeness in partial shade of varying intensity (they lose frost resistance in the sun, but grow faster, in the shade - vice versa).
Yews are best planted in protected places, so they will preserve the beauty of the crown even due to difficult winters. The soil for yew berry is suitable any of the number of quite loose, not waterlogged, at least moderately fertile.
Yew trees are planted at a distance of about 50 cm between plants in trenches up to 70 cm deep; when planting, the root neck should remain at soil level. Full mineral fertilizers must be applied to the soil, after a year the plants are fed repeatedly. It is advisable to mulch the soil. Young yews are watered monthly before closing the hedge, sprinkling and loosening the soil to a depth of 15 cm.
Yew pruning specifics
During the first 1-2 years, it is better not to prune, then they begin to form cropping 1/3 of the length of the branches. First you need to control the growth and form dense lower tiers and only after that allow the yew to grow in height.
It tolerates strong pruning and frequent haircuts, it allows you to get very dense green walls. Since yews are shade-tolerant, hedges can be attached not only to a trapezoidal, conical, rounded, but also to a strict rectangular shape. This is one of the best cultures for experimenting with original contours.
Continuation of the list of the best plants for hedges, see the next page.