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Hedges? Thuja! For decades the green wall of tree of life (Thuja) belongs to the classics in the garden. Why? Because the inexpensive coniferous wood provides what one would expect from a hedge: a fast-growing, opaque wall that takes up little space and does not have to be cut too often. Disadvantage: It seems quite monotonous when land is surrounded by land with a simple tree of life. Limiting a long, narrow garden to the right and left of Thuja hedges makes it even more oppressive. There are plenty of opportunities to set design accents with a hedge.
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Design ideas with hedges
Playing with forms: Like building bricks, the box-cut shrubs are arranged. The shapes are accentuated by the different greens and surfaces of the species. From the left: cypress 'Columnaris', tree of life (Thuja) and pear
Grow: In each hornbeam is actually a tree. Let individual shoots stand and form small crowns out of them. It works well with yew and red beech
Peephole: Screening back and forth - a glimpse to see through is a fun design element and makes you curious about the neighboring garden
Height gradation: The gloss medlar (Photinia) grow at feet spars, below the natural stone wall bloom strawberries - so creates a varied picture
An edging made of boxwood gets more weight when the ends are emphasized. This passage in the bed is flanked by two bookballs
Two beech hedges planted in serpentine lines flank this turf path. A clever design idea, because the beds planted in the niches are initially hidden from viewers
Two window frames inserted into the beech hedge provide an insight into the adjacent garden space
In this tiny garden courtyard, the elevated planted maple is bordered by two small boxwood hedges. They form a nice contrast to the bright concrete border
Courage for unusual hedges
Even after a stronger pruning beat most hedges again. Use this feature to try new shapes. Instead of a box cut you can give the hedge a wave profile. Or you leave individual shoots and cut them into small treetops. Archway and windows create sightlines and thus tension. Yolks and hornbeams are very good formable, the thuja, however, is not quite as rash-like and therefore may only be cut back to the still green geschuppten shoots.
Take advantage of the wide assortment of hedge plants: The cherry laurel with its glossy leaves offers year-round privacy, as well as the increasingly popular glossy medlar (Photinia). Both, however, suffer in harsh winters. Robust native species such as hornbeam and yew better fit in natural gardens. Ask yourself when choosing whether you really need year-round privacy - because who sits in the winter on the terrace? Deciduous species such as red beech or field maple are subject to constant change: they show fresh green in spring, are beautifully dense in summer and have bright colors in autumn - this does not provide an evergreen hedge. In addition, the dried leaves of the red beech stick in the winter for a long time on the branches, thus ensuring a certain privacy.
Plot the land with hedges
Who wants to surround his property with flowers, should remember: The flowering time of most woody plants lasts only a few weeks, the rest of the year is therefore characterized by a different appearance. Also, the bushes need more space, because you can not trim them to narrow walls. A compromise are quite cut compatible species such as Spierstrauch and hawthorn. Best of all, one dares the same step to natural hedge and gives the trees the required space.
Passages in the hedge can be used to open up various garden areas
A mix of hedges and privacy elements brings variety, which is important especially for long straight property boundaries, so that the garden does not seem too monotonous. Gabions or colored wooden walls fit well in modern gardens, wicker walls made of willow to a natural design. Incidentally, anyone lucky enough to own a larger plot can use hedges to structure the garden. Especially in England, the division into different garden areas with different design focuses is a popular stylistic device. With hedge arches, passages and individual "peepholes" in the green walls, the garden rooms are then cleverly staged.