Plants for hedges, list and advice

What are plants for hedgesto grow in the garden? Here's how to choose according to your needs. Low, high or medium hedges. Hedges with flowers and berries. What are low maintenance hedges.

Theplants for hedgesthey are really numerous, and with the right pruning, manyplants that you would consider "unlikely" are suitable for the realization ofhedges. According to your needs, you can choose theplants for hedgesbetter, so as to make order in the garden.

Let's start from the height, how high yours must behedge? The European beech is well suited for very tall hedges as well as cypress, some varieties of roses can be used for medium-length hedges while for low ones, lavender may be the most suitable but certainly not the only one.

Hedge plants

In the article dedicated toHedge plantswe have already told you about:

  • Cypress, fast growing hedge plant
  • Pittospore, perfect for medium-sized gardens
  • Privet, perfect for medium sized gardens
  • Evonimo, perfect for medium sized gardens
  • Boxwood, ideal for making sculptures with hedges
  • Bamboo, excellent for shielding the surrounding environment
  • Climbing vines (false jasmine, white, yellow or green ivy, honeysuckle, bougainvillea ...), perfect for small gardens
  • Oleanders of different colors, suitable for large gardens
  • Aromatic plants, for setting up low and fragrant hedges
  • Viburnum, with colorful flowers and berries.

To list other widely used species forcultivate hedges, we point out:

Berberis thunbergii or red barberry

It is native to Japan and is suitable for low or medium height hedges, growing to a maximum of 2.5 m. In winter it sheds its leaves therefore not suitable forevergreen hedges.

Buxus sempervirens

As the name suggests, it is perfect forgrow an evergreen hedge. It lends itself well tolow hedges, medium or high.

Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam)

The hornbeam, European hornbeam or common hornbeam, is native to western Asia and central Europe. It lends itself well to high hedges, tree-lined avenues or natural huts.

Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn)

It is native to Europe, Africa and Western Asia. It is very resistant and does not require a lot of care. It produces white flowers (pictured above) gathered in clusters that give life to red berries.

Fagus sylvatica (beech)

It is a deciduous tree suitable for setting up beautiful tall hedges or tree-lined avenues. It does not grow well in coastal areas.

Ilex aquifolium (holly)

Growing holly is a rewarding undertaking: the plant has glossy, deep green ornamental leaves, and in winter it is colored with red berries. It lends itself well to low, medium or high hedges and grows well in shady areas. Perfect for those who wantcultivate evergreen hedges.

Ligustrum ovalifolium

The Korean privet or ovalifolium, native to Japan and Korea, should not be confused with the Ligustrum japonicum (Common privet or Japanese privet). The plant behaves like an evergreen hedge in hot climates. All parts of the plant are poisonous to humans.


Who wants onehedge with red leaves can point to Photinia! It is well suited for medium-high hedges. Due to its foliage it is highly ornamental and has flowers.

Prunus laurocerasus (Common laurel)

Laurel is very useful in the kitchen but can be used for hedges of various heights. Not to be confused with Prunus Laurocerasus (cherry laurel).

Prunus Laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)

Cherry laurel is a low maintenance hedge. Also perfect for those who want to grow a hedge on their terrace or balcony, to protect themselves from the gaze of neighbors. For all information: potted cherry laurel hedge.

Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese laurel)

Little known in Italy but very widespread in France and Spain. It is an evergreen shrub that is ideal for medium to tall hedges. It produces fruit similar to cherries.

Taxus baccata (Yew)

Also known as the death plant, the yew lends itself well tocultivation of a garden hedge. This hedge plant is very resistant and with flowers, it develops bright red ornamental berries.

Thuja occidentalis (white cedar)

Thereplant for hedgeThuja occidentalis, native to Canada, adapts well to the cold northern climate and features ornamental leaves and berries as shown in the photo below.

Hedge roses, what are they

Among the various garden roses, we have talked to you about bush, park or border varieties. Betweenhedge plantswe would like to point out the roses that can grow into bushes and produce large flowers until late autumn.

These sturdy bushes, with their beautiful roses, can be planted together to form a very dense and colorful hedge, ideal for creating a natural shelter or a special rose garden.

A hedge of roses, if well managed, can cover more than 2 square meters of land, these roses give colored hedges, low, high or medium height. Between hedge roses we recommend the Andromeda, the Rush, Sally Holmes and the Westerland roses.

Other plants for hedges

  • Ligustrum, for classic hedges.
  • Vanhoutt Spirea (S x vanhuttei), for hedges with southern exposure, produces ornamental flowers.
  • R. Alpinus, resistant and colorful, is also suitable for hedges facing north.
  • Purple, Salix purpurea, perfect for wet areas.
  • Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum), suitable for marine areas.
  • Holly (Ilex crenata), excellent alternative to Boxwood.
  • Berberis julianae, evergreen, for very dense hedges or barriers to keep animals away.
  • Cotoneaster divericatus, for vigorous hedges with a high ornamental value.

Growing plants for hedges

In setting up ahedge, the fundamental part is pruning: already during the growth it is necessary to remove any broken branches, moreover if during the transplant you notice damaged roots, it will be necessary to prune the upper part to compensate and allow an optimal development. During the first year it is necessary to apply fertilizer directly to the root.

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