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Unlike evergreen hedge plants, flowering hedge plants in the flowering period further enhance the viewer's eye. They are therefore also very well as Wegbegrenzungen. It depends on your own taste, whether a flowering hedge from the same plants or mixed should be created. If you choose a variety of flowering hedge plants, you can bloom in such a hedge all summer long.
Important aspects when creating flowering hedges
If you want to plant a flowering hedge, just as with evergreen hedges, you must take into account their special needs when choosing suitable plants. Therefore, before setting up the hedge, make sure that there is predominantly sun, partial shade or shade at this location and what the soil type is before you select the plants. Her flowering hedge plants will only show their full bloom where they feel particularly well.
You can make a flowering hedge of uniform plants. This hedge will then bloom only at a certain time of the year and otherwise serve as any other evergreen hedge through its foliage as a decoration and also protect well from unwanted glances.
If you wish your blooming hedge to bloom or look decorative almost all year round, mix the flowering hedge plants together. However, you must take into account that they are only plants that have the same needs for light conditions and soil conditions.
Tips: If you follow these tips, you will certainly enjoy your flowering hedge.
To cut a flowering hedge
Unlike evergreen hedges, when cutting a flowering hedge, always remember that it can not be cut in any season. You can cut this type of hedges both in spring long before the flowering of the first flowering branches or in the late autumn after blooming in the form.
The combination of flowering hedge plants
Not only the needs, but also the size of flowering hedge plants are important in the selection of plants. The bushes should fit together in size and growth, so that your flowering hedge later gives a harmonious picture.
Strictly speaking, all shrubs are flowering hedge plants, which in addition to the flowers also form a dense foliage and tolerate that they are pruned regularly. These include, for example, the broom, the forsythia, lilacs of all colors, apple roses, pear trees or jasmine with simple or filled flowers. Also Deutzien, spars, blood sugar berries, butterfly trees and wig bushes are very good to be in a flowering hedge. The same applies to red currants, seed flowers, hibiscus. Weigelias or the Devil's Shrub. Even without foliage, the dogwood still pleases the eye in winter thanks to its colorful wood. Wild roses are also very popular as flowering hedge plants. Depending on the variety, they will sooner or later bloom, and in addition, in the autumn, they will also produce their bright fruits, the rose hips, depending on the variety.
What is blooming in which season?
Some examples will now show when hedge plants can flower.
Especially early, the forsythia show their bright yellow flowers and are thus among the shrubs that make the early spring so beautiful. Only a little later, the currant blooms and delights the eye with its red flowers. Also all sorts of clusters of flowers bloom very early and then show as other adornments in June and July their colorful fruits, which are similar in part to the cultivated blueberries and are edible and very tasty. And because this is not enough for the decoration of the mountain pear, it pleases the eye later in autumn through its beautiful reddish foliage. Especially the red dogwood now stands out due to the contrast of the tender green foliage to the red branches. His white flowers, however, he shows only in June.
In May, it can be the broom in many different color varieties, the beautiful lilac from white to light lilac to dark purple or red and in places with partial shade of the flowering rhododendron, which enchant the flowering hedge. Then there are the weigelias with their beautiful flowers, from pale pink to dark red, and the blossoms of the white-flowering Deutzians. Also the blood-berries show in May between the dark-red leaves of these hedge plants their bright yellow blooms.
Many species of roses, which are especially suitable as hedge plants when it comes to wild roses, only begin to flower in late May or early June and later, but bloom for a very long time and often until late summer. Shortly after flowering, the bright red rose hips appear, often stinging a flowering hedge until late autumn.
Later in the year, starting mostly in July and ending in September, the hibiscus, the butterfly trees and the devil's shrub show their colorful flowers in the blossoming hedge. In hedgerows with the butterfly trees contained in it, countless butterflies frolic at this time of year, because these plants got their name for this reason once. By the way, the delicate flowers of the willow shrub, which can already be seen in February, if the stardort was well chosen, can still be seen there.
Which plants are suitable?
- Forsythia IV - V / yellow (also white varieties) / b / h 2 - 3m
- Hibiscus syriacus VIII - IX / white, pink, purple / b / h 2 - 3m
- Red currant IV - V / pink / b / h 2m
- Ball Hydrangea VI - CIII / white / b / h 2,5m
- Kolkwitzie / Motherwort shrub V - VI / white / pink / b / h 4/3 m
- Pipe shrub / summer jasmine VI / white / b / h 2,5 / 3m
- Deutzia / Lily-of-the-Valley shrub V - VI / white / b / h 0,5 -2 / 0,5 -4m
- Weigelie V / mostly red, pink / b / h 1 - 2,5m dependent on variety
- Lilac V / white, pink, purple / b / h 3 / 4m
- Yellow bladder shrub V - IX / yellow / b / h 2 - 3m
- Kerrie / Ranunkelstrauch IV - V / yellow / b / h 1 -2m
- Grandstand / Showpiece IV - V white / b / h 4 / 4-6m
- Shrub sparrows IV - VIII (depending on variety / mostly pink / b / h average 1.5 m depending on variety
- Summer lilac VII - IX white, yellow, pink, pink, light blue, purple, dark purple / b / h 3m
- Rock pear, copper rock pear IV - V white / b / h 8 -10 m
- Common pea shrub V yellow / b / h 8m
- Quince Quince III - IV strong pink / b / h 2 / 1,5m
- Dog Rose / Wildrose VI / white to light pink, also pink species / b / h 3 - 5m
- Schlehe III - IV / white / b / h 3m
- Elderberry V - VI / white / b / h 1 - 7 / to 5m
- Mahonie IV / yellow / b / h 1 - 2m
- Firethorn V - XI / white / b / h 3m
- Sea buckthorn IV / yellow-brown / b / h 6m
The plants should be selected according to the location (soil conditions and solar radiation). If that fits, they do not need much care. You should pay attention to the following:
- Flowering hedge is best planted in spring or autumn.
- Planting distance and arrangement: The hedge looks more beautiful, if not all plants are placed exactly in a row, but the stronger growing somewhat back and the weaker growing slightly forward.
- Water well after planting. Also water well the next few months (especially at spring planting) until the shrubs have grown.
- Fertilize once with slow-release fertilizer and in late summer with potassium and phosphorus fertilizer.
- Flowering shrubs that bloom early in the year are cut directly after flowering.
- Flowering shrubs that bloom in summer or autumn are cut in early spring or late winter, always before budding.
- Most winter-flowering shrubs like the snowball or witch hazel do not like cutting.
- The Ranunkelstrauch flowers twice a year, once in the spring from April to May and then again in July / August. In winter, the plant is leafless, but has beautiful green branches. It also drives out early.
- The bridal pear flowers in April, white and is so dense that it remains very opaque even in winter without foliage. The plant is very undemanding and flowers abundantly. Similarly, the flowering pier is only a little later.
- The weigela flowers in May usually in a beautiful pink color. The plants grow abroad and overhanging. The flowers have a nice shape and often a showy color.
- The false jasmine convinces with its numerous, white, fragrant flowers. It blooms in June. The plant grows quite fast, but can be cut well.
- The firethorn has evergreen leaves, making it an ideal hedge plant. It blooms in June and the berries ripen in September / October. Depending on the variety, they can be yellow, orange or red. The firethorn has long thorns, so beware who has small children.
- The yew is one of the finest hedge plants. It thrives on almost all soils and is easy to clean and cut compatible. The flowers are rather unremarkable. However, almost all plant parts (needles, seeds, wood and bark) are poisonous, so be careful with children. The berries are very tempting.
- The cherry laurel has the advantage that it is evergreen. It grows fast and can be cropped well. The flowers are striking and look very nice.
- The snow berry, called the purple berry, also blooms in June and carries its berries into the winter. They are white or pink depending on the variety.
- The forsythia is also used as a hedge. In spring, their flowers light up and make them an ornament in any garden. The rest of the year is a normal hedge until the leaves fall off in the fall.
Before deciding on one or more varieties of hedge plants, check the site conditions. The different plants have different requirements. Also, keep in mind how much space they will need in a few years. Not all are suitable for a good cut. That should be remembered.
Summary for fast readers
- Flowering hedge plants can be chosen uniformly or mixedly.
- When selecting the species, you should pay attention to the soil conditions and lighting conditions.
- When creating the hedge, keep in mind when the shrubs will bloom.
- The care of the plants depends on the respective species.
- Pruning such a hedge is possible only in early spring or in late autumn.
How must a flowering hedge be maintained?
That's not easy to answer. It all depends on the flowering hedge plants that are in this hedge, which care is best and must therefore always follow the appropriate style.
Which planting distance is best?
Again, there is no blanket response. If you plant a flowering hedge, the planting distance should always be based on the selected hedge plants and must be chosen individually.