Hedges are often used as borders or property demarcation lines, protecting yards or gardens. Besides lasting year-round, evergreen hedges have several advantages over deciduous ones. They offer year-round protection, but are also easier to grow than deciduous hedges, requiring less pruning or training. They also require less water and less composting.
Evergreen hedges tend to give a very good impression of the property, presenting nicely when pruned into attractive shapes. While they do create a boundary, they also retain a green, natural look that a fence cannot provide.
Many different types of evergreen plants can make up evergreen hedges. For maximum resilience to disease and insects, it’s a good idea to use more than one variety.
A partial list of the varieties that make good privacy hedges includes: Holly (Ilex), Firethorn (Pyacantha coccinea), Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), Boxwood (buxus), Yew (Taxus baccata), Green Giant Hybrid Arborvitae (Thuja plicata x standishii), Leyland Cyprus (Cupressus x leylandii) and Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica). While these vary in growth rates from the slow-growing Holly to the fast-growing Leyland Cyprus, all make beautiful hedges that with a little care, will last for years.
Zones: Varies with species, most are 5-8
Mature Width: Width varies with species
Growth/Year: Size varies with species
Sunlight: Full to partial shade
Soil Conditions: Varies with species
Botanical Name: See above