Evergreen easy-care hedge - which hedge plants?

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Hedges are not only suitable for privacy. They also store rainwater and filter exhaust gases, dust and pollutants. In addition, they protect against wind and storm. Above all, evergreen hedges, due to their year-round dense foliage, are able to slow down wind to a maximum of half its original intensity. They can equally well compensate for temperature fluctuations in autumn and spring, thus positively influencing the microclimate in the garden. Below is a brief overview of popular easy-care, evergreen hedge plants.
Real cypress
Real cypresses are evergreen, easy-care and undemanding conifers that grow between 40 and 60cm a year. They can even thrive in urban and industrial climates and tolerate weather fluctuations between winter and summer very well. Their scaly, dark blue-green foliage appears very lively and fresh even in winter. Cypresses are ideal as screens in shrubs up to 4 m high. They love a sunny to partially shaded spot and humus rich and well drained garden soil.
Although the real cypresses are very undemanding, they want to be watered regularly. A lack of water they survive very poorly. Especially in very windy locations, the hedge plants have a very high demand for water, as the wind can dry out the soil quickly.
Tip: Bark mulch as a protective layer on the garden soil helps to prevent dehydration!
Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii)
  • Growth height 20 to 30 m
  • Growth width 10 to 15 m
  • light green to dark green leaf color
  • light brown to purple fruits
Tuja - tree of life


The Thuja plant is one of the most popular evergreen hedge plants due to its low susceptibility to pests and diseases and its very good cut tolerance. It grows about 40 to 60 cm per year. The soil may be slightly acidic for Thuja. Basically, a marshy soil is better suited for this hedge plant, as one that dries too quickly. Because she is very sensitive to dry periods. However, waterlogging should also be avoided so that the plants do not rot away at the roots. Thuja loves a sunny to half shady spot. She does not tolerate shadow at all and takes care of it there.
Occidental Tree of Life (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Growth height 5 to 15 m
  • Growth width 0.5 to 1.5 m
  • dark green leaf color
  • birds
  • bird feeding
Goldtip Tree of Life (Thuja plicata 'Aurescens')
  • Growth height 10 to 15 m
  • Growth width 5 to 7.5 m
  • yellow-green leaf color
  • Bird protection
The privet is one of the most robust, evergreen, easy-care hedge plants and grows 60 to 100 cm per year. The plant holds it in almost every garden soil, but prefers humus, loamy, sandy soil and loves a sunny to partially shaded spot. If the privet is too shady, he indicates this quickly with bald spots in his otherwise green leaves dress. It can be cut very well all year round.
Privet 'Atrovirens' hedges (Ligustrum vulgare 'Atrovirens')
  • Growth height 0.5 to 4 m
  • Growth width 0.5 to 2.5 m
  • narrow ovate to lanceolate leaves
  • dark green leaf color
  • white flowers
  • slightly fragrant
  • black, spherical fruits - poisonous!
  • Bienenweide
  • birds
  • bird feeding
The evergreen, easy-care bamboo is also ideal for hedge planting. Depending on the variety, it grows about 30 to 50 cm a year. Some bamboo species, with their rhizomes, form widespread foothills and therefore require a rhizome barrier when planted for a hedge. Otherwise, the beautiful evergreen screen would proliferate in the neighboring garden or on the lawn.
Gardenbamboo 'Crane' (Fargesia murieliae 'Kranich')
  • Growth height 3 to 4 m
  • Growth width 1.5 to 2 m
  • tight upright growth
  • requires little floor space
  • no rhizome barrier necessary
  • narrow, elliptical to lanceolate leaf shape
  • good hardiness to -25 C

Boxwood hedge

Boxwood hedges basically do not need to be cut and are absolutely hardy. Boxwood is very suitable for low hedges or bedding in the farm or herb garden. In a sunny or partially shaded location, he feels most comfortable. He does not tolerate shadows, nor does he tolerate constant replanting. If you want to plant a hedge with him, so this should not be implemented again. Important is a permeable and loose garden soil, which may have some humus and lime. A hedge of bush plants grows only about 20 to 30 cm per year.
Hedge book (Buxus sempervirens var.arborescens)
  • Growth height 2 to 8 m
  • Growth width 1 to 4 m
  • small, ovate to narrow elliptical leaves
  • shiny, dark green leaves
  • Bienenweide
The yew grows only about 15 to 30 cm per year and thus even slower than the boxwood. However, it offers a very good cut compatibility, forgiving rough cuts. As the frostiest hedge plant in our latitudes, the plant can be found in almost every garden or park. However, the seeds of their red berries are very poisonous! If the yew is cut annually, it does not set seed levels. It likes moist, nutrient-rich and acid soil and likes to be sunny. Partial shade tolerates them as well, but then grows even slower.
Native yew (Taxus baccata)
  • Growth height 10 to 20 m
  • Growth width 5 to 10 m
  • dark green leaf color
  • needle-shaped leaves
  • crimson berries - poisonous!
  • Bienenweide
  • birds
  • bird feeding
Holly loves full sun locations, but also withstand shady and partially shaded locations. They prefer moderately moist soils, which should always be well-watered and never completely dry out. Waterlogging and dry periods do not tolerate holly. Birds like to use holly hedges as breeding grounds, because they are safe from cats due to the spiky leaves of the plants here. Holly need some winter protection after planting and in the youth stage. They grow 40 to 50 cm in the year.
Common Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
  • Growth height 1.5 to 3 m
  • Growth width 0.75 to 1.5 m
  • shiny dark green leaf color
  • bright red berries
  • birds
  • bird feeding
cherry laurel
All cherry tree species are fast-growing and grow 40 to 50 cm per year. However, all plant parts are poisonous and can be composted poorly. The laurel cherry is available in large and small-sized varieties.
Cherry laurel - Caucasian laurel cherry (Prunus laurocerasus 'Caucasica')
  • short and compact
  • very frost hardy
  • Growth height 0.5 to 3 m
  • Growth width 0.5 to 2 m
  • egg-shaped, elongated leaves
Tip: For an evergreen, easy-care ornamental hedge that looks pretty all year round, for example, a combination of cherry laurel, privet and holly is ideal.
Most of the easy-care, evergreen hedge plants are extremely hardy and hardy, making them ideal for hedges around terraces or gardens. Important here is the cut resistance. When planting should always be paid attention to the possible growth width of the individual plants. Because even if a hedge is to grow beautifully opaque, the individual plants must not hinder too much growth.

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