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The beauty of November is presented above all in the form of mystical fog over the lawn and sparkling rime on clean-cut hedges in the autumn sun. The ice crystals accentuate the spikes of dark green holly and lend a silvery shimmer to small boxwood and purple barberry leaves. When the last cloudy veils have been driven out by the sun, the bright autumn foliage of beech, field maple and hornbeam hedge shows us the splendor of late autumn.
Hedges as a background
Their color and structure make hedges beyond the privacy screen a valuable garden element.
This bank is protected from the wind by a high yew hedge. The enclosing plants create a cozy atmosphere
How much more appealing does a dormant vegetable garden look like when framed by a low frame and how much more inviting do we feel when a bank is behind it? And this does not even have to be very high. It is enough if it is a bit higher than the backrest. By contrast, hedges behind perennial beds should reach a height of around 1.80 meters so that disturbing things such as compost in the neighboring garden are out of sight.
Hedges as a mount
The green archway sets the statue in a romantic scene
With long flower borders - for example, along the house wall - hedges can be used instead of as a bedding background as half-height "dividing walls". They also give the plantation structure even if many summer flowers do not heal anything. In addition, the planting of smaller bedding sections is sometimes easier. Suitable partitions are, for example, deciduous barberry or wintergreen privet. It is especially nice when you see late flowering grasses and autumn asters behind. If you have a lot of space, you can cover your paths with hedge beech or hornbeam hedge and create viewpoints that are visible from afar.
The flowers of the common privet attract especially bees and moths. In winter, birds appreciate the black berries that are poisonous to humans (c) A. Barra
Not only rose hedges and other flower hedges smell, also the white privet blooms, which open in June, exude an incredibly intensive fragrance and serve by the way as an insect magnet. The sweet smell is reminiscent of lime blossom. The common privet (Ligustrum vulgare) is fast growing and wintergreen. Recommended is the variety "Atrovirens". It keeps foliage particularly good in winter. Attention: The also commonly offered Oval-leaved Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) loses its leaves in winter. The occasionally offered yellow-colored variety Ligustrum ovalifolium "Aureum" is also somewhat frost-sensitive.
The right planting time
For a hedge you need a lot of shrubs on the one hand and on the other you usually only set them once. The decision for a particular plant species, the right place and the selected planting time should therefore be well considered.
When inserting the small yew plantlets, a taut string is used as an aid, so that the hedge runs straight at the end
Deciduous hedge plants can be used throughout the fall as long as the ground is not frozen. If you buy the shrubs now during the traditional planting season, you also have the advantage that many tree nurseries offer so-called root-bare goods: the unmopped shrubs are much cheaper than containers and can be transported much easier because they save space be tied together. Since the planting distance and the resulting number of plants depends on the size of the purchased hedge shrubs, you should ask him when buying.
Hedges: a selection
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- Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea): evergreen, thorny shrub for mid-high and high hedges with bright red berries in autumn. Location: Sun to partial shade.
- False cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana): evergreen tall conifers for sunny, sheltered places.
- Brilliant medlar (Photinia x fraseri "Red Robin"): Evergreen mid-height hedge plant for winter-mild areas, beautiful red to copper-colored budding in spring.
- Red Barberry (Berberis thunbergii "Atropurpurea"): a red-leaved shrub that grows in the sun for half-height hedges.
- Julianes Barberry (Berberis julianae): sun-loving shrub with evergreen, heavily thorny leaves, suitable for half-height hedges.
- Hedge Myrtle (Lonicera nitida): Low wood for the sun and partial shade, is well suited as a book substitute.
- Wild wine (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) can serve as a "hedge" climbing a wall. He grows in the sun and partial shade.
- Common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus): deciduous plant with yellow autumn color. The later brown foliage remains on the shrubs during the winter.
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