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How hedges can make a garden

Can a garden even be called a garden without at least one hedge? Hedges, like flowers, are the essential finishing touch for any terrace. Whether that’s for privacy, ground cover, a feature or a boundary border, no garden is complete without a hedge of some description.

They can be as tall or as small as you like. They can be kept in decorative pots or planted into the ground for a fuller effect.

Some people think that hedges are a hassle, but this isn’t the case – yes, they do need looking after, but no different to any other plant.

There are so many different types of hedging too – deciduous and evergreen, flowering and non flowering, that there truly is a hedge out there for your requirements and garden size.

So what can you do with a hedge?

Box hedging, for example, can help to create a feature in a garden. Whether that’s in a pot and shaped to be round, and placed either side your door, or circumferencing an area as a border to make it stand out. Box hedges are easy to maintain and prune to your desired height and width.

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Box hedging is also widely used for topiary – where you can cut the hedge into any shape you want to create an attractive focal point to draw everyone’s attention to.

Hedges also encourage wildlife into your garden and provides them with shelter and food, depending on the type you plant. They can also act as a barrier for intruders to get in, especially if you pick one with thorns, such as Berberis. An intruder proof hedge is not only great for privacy but great at dividing up land and replacing fences for garden boundaries.

Talking of boundaries, if you happen to live along a busy road, hedges help to work their magic and extract the pollution from the air, as well as helping to reduce the traffic noise and make the outside look a little less mundane.

If you have a bigger garden, you can divide it up, sectioning it off to smaller areas where you can have different themes. One could be part of a rose garden, the other a herb garden. Why not even screen a secluded part and create your very own space for you to hide away and relax in?

If you have children and they have swings, slides and toys on show, why not use a hedge to screen this section of your garden? The children will think they have their own slice of the garden too and hide from the “adults” when bedtime is calling!

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If we’ve talked you into wanting hedges into your garden, great – but what next? Well, you have to decide whether you are happy to plant hedges and wait for them to grow. Or whether you want that instant effect and to plant a hedge that is already grown to a good height to create maximum impact.

You’ll also have to have a think about whether you want a fast growing hedge such as Leylandii, which will need cutting back once or even twice a year, or perhaps a slower growing hedge such as an Euonymus Fortunei.

Another decision to make is whether you want the hedge to provide you with greenery all year round (evergreen) or if you’re happy for it to lose its leaves during winter (deciduous)?

We recommend taking your time to research what type of hedge you want and what is best suited to your soil in your garden as this can impact what hedges you can and can’t have. From here you can decide whether your chosen hedge would be better suited in either rootballed, bare root form (both available from October-April) or as an instant or pot grown hedge. Both have advantages and disadvantages, so make sure you find the one suitable to your requirements – Hopes Grove Nurseries have a fantastic selection of hedging plants in a variety of sizes, to suit your budget and they’re based right here in Kent!

Whatever you choose, hedges truly help to make your garden. They don’t just have to sit around your perimeters, get creative with what you want and see how hedges can change and develop your garden.

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