Hedges are neatly trimmed screens of plantings and can be decorative or serve a practical purpose. Adding hedges to your garden or front yard is a great way to create a sense of neat formality, structure, or natural division, or just add a warm touch of greenery. Decorative hedge plants are trimmed to precise sizes and shapes and include deciduous and evergreen shrubs. These hedge shrubs can also serve the practical purpose of providing a property with added security and privacy or shade.
Flowering shrubs can be used as hedge plants to bring color to the landscapes. Depending on what you like, choose between deciduous and evergreen flowering shrubs.
Deciduous hedge shrubs look great while they’re in bloom, and offer a certain stark beauty during the winter. Deciduous shrubs drop their foliage and stand naked for part of the year. They make for less than ideal security or privacy screens but can be compared with evergreen shrubs to get the best of both worlds – colorful flowers in the spring and summer, and green foliage in winter. This can be done either by changing plantings from time to time or planting a double row of taller evergreens as a backdrop and shorter deciduous shrubs in the foreground.
Why plant a hedge?
Hedges help to create privacy, screen unsightly views, create garden rooms, define your property boundaries and can help with noise control and act as a windbreak.
Some people do not like “hedges” but think of them as a backdrop! Just imagine a beautiful Japanese Maple with burgundy foliage planted in front. And how the green of the hedge makes the red foliage stand out in your landscape. Or, imagine some Pink Knockout roses mixed with Bobo Hydrangeas planted in front and how the green of the hedge makes those colors pop!
Hedges are a great way to add a “Living” fence into your landscape. They are very eco-friendly.
We are offering a great selection of plant material to help you create your “living fence”
an upright growing evergreen. That can grow to be 15 to 18 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Can grow about 12 inches a year. Easily maintained to desired height. We recommend planting 30 inches on center. A great option as it does not take up a lot of space.
a fast-growing conifer. Growing up to 3 to 4 feet in a year. They can get 30 foot plus tall and 12 to 15 feet wide. We recommend planting 8 to 10 feet on center. Deer resistant.
What a beautiful fast growing conifer. Beautiful by itself but mix it with some green leylands and it makes a show stopper living fence. It can gow 20 to 30 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide. We recommend planting 8 to 10 feet on center. Deer resistant.
A strong rooted evergreen tree that is virtually disease free. It has a uniform shape that seldom need pruning, but responds well to shearing. It can grow 25 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide. We recommend planting 8 foot on center. Some say it is deer resistant and other say not?
A broad leaf evergreen. Growing 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Beautiful shiny green foliage. White fragrant flowers in the early spring. Responds to pruning nicely. We recommend planting 3 foot on center.
Another broad-leaf evergreen great for a fast growing hedge. Shiny medium green foliage that responds well to pruning. Deer resistant. It can grow 15 foot plus. We recommend planting 4 foot on center
If you like the look of the English Laurel but don’t want it to get quite so tall then the Compact English Laurel just might do. It can grow 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. Deer resistant. We recommend planting 3 foot on center
This smaller growing broadleaf evergreen has beautiful dark green foliage and a white fragrant flower. It tends to have a more bowl shaped form and can grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. We recommend planting 30 inches on center.
There are some things that come up to our mind when it comes to creating a hedge. Some things that you might want to consider.
What do you want your hedge for? To make a boundary? Encourage wildlife? Are you looking for a hedge for your privacy? So what do you want for your hedges?.
A hedge is a wall composed of plants. Some hedges are purely for decoration, while others serve primarily for a practical function. Hedge plants used decoratively are often trimmed to precise sizes and shapes that may be either evergreen or deciduous shrubs.
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Berberis Thunbergii /Japanese Barberry is compact and slow growing, so they are ideal for low but prickly hedges. There are lots to choose from these varieties. The unique color if its foliage that is so elegant to look at when you plant it in front of your backyard. Trim it carefully as it’s shade changes when not properly cut.
This bush is a very popular choice for gardeners and it is ideal for planting low borders, getting creative with your topiary and framing your path edges.Also known as boxhedges or Buxus Sempervirens, these plants are slow growers.
The large European beech hedge or Fagus Sylvatica is well-known as a towering deciduous tree, but it also can be shaped into a stunning hedge. The tree’s leaves change color with the passing seasons, which make it an attractive hedge in many outdoor spaces.
With rich evergreen foliage throughout the year and dense branches, the English laurel is a popular for those wanting a lush, formally pruned privacy screen. As it is a rather fast-growing shrub, the laurel makes an excellent choice for a taller hedge or border.
English Yew hedge plants or Taxus baccata are known as the King of Hedging. With dark-green, conifer foliage that is easily trimmed and has a slow growth rate, this is an ideal hedging choice for shaping formal displays. Yew hedge plants create a dense, evergreen canvas, which works wonderfully as a privacy screen hedge or to reduce noise. Taxus baccata is one of the few native, evergreen hedging species.
Thuja occidentalis ‘Brabant’ is very similar to Thuja plicata. It has a similar rate of growth and forms a dense evergreen hedge. Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is a quick-growing, evergreen shrub – so if you don’t want a conifer, Laurel is the fastest growing evergreen hedging plant.
Thuja plicata, also known as Western Red Cedar, is a conifer that looks similar to Green Leylandii and grows almost as fast. It has dark, olive-green leaves that can turn bronze in winter. The foliage has a pleasant, fruity fragrance when the leaves are crushed. Thuja plicata can be cut back into old wood and will re-shoot.
You might be wondering what have I done wrong that made a bad result for your garden. Whether it’s the best time of day to water your plants or how to get rid of slugs effectively, there are plenty of questions most amateur or beginner gardeners have and plenty of mistakes they make along the way to achieving their perfect garden.
Bad watering style
Many people water their plants at the wrong time of the day. If you water in the heat of the day you will do two things. You will lose a lot of the moisture through evaporation, and the water droplets on foliage can act as magnifying glasses for the sun, scorching the leaves. Water your plants either first hour in the morning or last thing at night to retain the moisture and protect the delicate leaves.
Another common mistake is to spray the surface of the area and believe that It is enough. Often if you scrape away a little soil after someone has watered you will find it is dry only a few millimeters down. You must let it dig into the soil. If it does not absorb easily, a good trick is to poke the soil all over with a broom handle and fill the holes with water. This water will then go down deeper to the soil slowly.
Many people don’t start dealing with slugs until it is too late. Some Gardeners are using copper tape, grit, eggshells, beer traps. Start in early spring as the sun warms up if not, they will breed and breed and you will just be holding back the tide. Just make sure that they won’t multiply in the first place and you will have a much easier summer.
Planting a too-big tree in the front garden
Too often I see these humongous trees that have just taken over people’s front gardens. Like Conifers, oak tree and Norway maples invade windows and door spaces, blocking all of the light to the front some houses.
There are number of smaller, more modest trees that are appropriate for your garden that look stunning and won’t dominate the space. Acer rubrum ‘Franksred’ and Weeping White Pine are another two beautiful options. And don’t forget the striking Japanese Maples and the Newport plum. Any of these options will bring tons of character without needing tons of space.
Scalping the lawn
A lot of gardeners make the mistake of cutting the lawn too short, otherwise known as “scalping” . This is especially a problem in a drought or dry spell. If you know a drought is approaching, let your grass stay a bit longer. That would hold the moisture better and stay much healthier. Also, remember again not to water it during the heat of the day or you may burn the blades.
Murdering your own house plants
Most house plants are killed by kindness. Too much generosity with water is the number one cause of killing your plants. You should never let your plants be in the water for a very long period of time. A great style is to put about an inch of water in your sink and then sit your plants in it. After an hour, once they have absorbed what they want you to take them out and put them back.
Don’t use a hoe to chop the top off of a weed. There are some weeds like dandelions and thistles have a strong root structure under the soil. You must dig as much of the root up as you can, or use a systemic herbicide that will absorb down into the roots and kill them.
Digging clay soil when it’s wet
If you do this, you will break down the structure of the soil and damage it. Wait until clay is not saturated with water, and then mix it generously with well-rotted manure. Some like to add sand as well.
Most of us know that planting is not just in Spring, but most people don’t know what to plant in Fall. There are lots of plants that you can plant in Fall and guess what? You can plant almost everything!
Challenges may arrive, but it’s worth it. You can also check some information in our previous blog about planting in Fall.
Here are the top plants that you can plant in the ground during Fall.
Be excited about your spring garden by planting in the fall. The cool, moist autumn weather helps perennials get established so they’ll bloom their heads off when spring comes.
Here are some of the Perennials that you can sow in Fall. You can also visit our nursery to know more!
These are some Hostas that you can plant in Fall.
Trees and Shrubs
Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. The weather is cool but the soil is still warm enough for the root development. Before digging, check with your local utility companies to locate any underground lines. Always plant trees and shrubs at their natural soil lines. Keep newly planted trees or shrubs well moist until the ground freezes so they get a good start before going into full dormancy during winter.
These are some examples of the Trees and Shrubs that you can plant in Fall. You can also visit our nursery to know more about the Trees and Shrubs that you might consider planting
Plant lily bulbs in the fall, a few weeks before the winter brings its coldest temperatures. Bulbs planted in the Autumn will have well-established roots when Spring comes.
Do you know that Fall is the best time to plant? If not, then there are some things that you should know about. There are some benefits of planting in Fall that nobody might have told you.
Most of the gardeners know that Fall is the best time for planting. There are lots of plants that you can check on our nursery to plant during Fall, but for now, let us talk about the good things about planting in Fall.
1.) It is easier to plant in Fall.
The temperature in Fall has relevance in making things easy. The cool temperature helps you and the plants avoid the intense heat of the summer sun, though the soil is warm enough for roots to thrive during winter.
2.) Goodbye Pests and diseases.
These enemies of ours do not belong in our gardens. Pests and diseases are less during Fall. Most of them are either dead or just hibernating and the humidity keeps many diseases away.
3.) More Time.
Gardeners usually have more time during Fall compared to the spring rush and with that being said, Fall has more good days for planting and that would make us very productive.
4.) Weeds are controllable.
Most of the weed seeds are dormant during Fall. It means they do not grow. So gardeners can easily remove them when they appear as sprouts in spring.
5.) Mother Earth will water the plants for you.
Some regions have rainy days during Fall and that would make it save your time from watering the plants and do more things. How awesome is that?
Things could be easier if we know the planting basics too.
- Make sure to dig in. Preparing the ground is easier before the soil freezes over and the rain dries up.
- The compost pile should grow considerably during the autumn months as the grass clippings, tree cuttings, fallen leaves, and the pruning add to its bulk.
- Clean up old plants and unwanted growth. The end of the season is the time to remove your old plants, clean up plant debris and weeds.
- Bring the plant indoors if needed.
Do you want more information about plants that you can plant during Fall? Visit our nursery or contact us and find out more! Also please check our specials for the cheapest price of the plants that you need. Grab yours now!
From being a seed to a very strong creation, helped the earth its whole life, and helped those who lived in it. Nature could never be so fantastic without the Shade trees. How lovely a city could be if you can see shade trees in it. Parks could never be so relaxing if there are no shade trees. Other countries may want the trees to be preserved in some of the establishments to maintain peacefulness and fresh air. Students at school can read their favorite novels under a big shade tree.
There are lots of benefits that we can get from shade trees. It could be the missing puzzle piece that you are looking for after a very stressful day. It has been a big help for rehabilitation areas whereas people heal faster in a place where there are shade trees in it.
Top Four Benefits Shade Trees Can Provide
Let us talk more about the benefits of the shade trees. These are most of the benefits that people and even animals could get from it.
It can be a home/habitat for lots of animals, especially during spring. They could be perfect near or beside a house but, just be careful with the leaves that might be so messy around it but could also be beneficial as it will decompose and will become fertilizer to the neighboring flowers. Also, that foliage can improve the value of your property as the buyers want a nature type of property to buy.
2. Improve Air Quality
They help improve the overall air quality of your environment. That is why many establishments like hospitals and rehabilitation centers want to preserve the shade trees and do not want to cut it out even if it will cost a lot because it can help greatly to their patient’s recovery. Apart from care centers, schools and training facilities benefit from healthy air quality produced by the trees that give shade, too.
3. Climate Control
It can somehow regulate the climate by curbing the effects of wind during windy days, rain (can be a shade or regulates flood) and even mostly the heat of the sun. just like when you have a picnic under it rather than in a grassland without a shade tree, I think that is super hot out there. As many people say, trees are the natural air conditioner because of the cooling effect they release.
4. Best for children
Shade trees are favorable if you have children or if you are planning to have one. You can allow them to play nearby, you can put up a treehouse in it and have a picnic under it. That would be the best memory that they will always have. Additionally, trees protect the kids from ultra-violet rays. Don’t you know that they decrease UV-B exposure by about 50%? Thus, providing protection to them where they spend hours outdoors.
Here are some examples of trees that provide shades. To view the plant information, please click the photo.
If you are looking for a perfect plant that suits your needs on special occasions and best in your gardens, Astilbe is the perfect plant for it. A very attractive kind that would never fail your expectations. But first, we need to know more about it.
A class of 18 types of rhizomatous flowering plants inside the family Saxifragaceae, local to mountain gorges and forests in Asia and North America. A few animal types are known by the basic names of “false goat’s whiskers” and “false spirea”.
These tough herbaceous perennials are developed by gardeners for their huge, attractive, frequently green like foliage and thick, padded crest of flowers. They can easily adjust to shade and water-logged conditions, consequently, they are especially connected with lakeside planting.
- Astilbes prefer a site that gets the light to direct shade; they will be burnt at full sun.
- Astilbes prefer soils that provide average to below-average moisture. Make sure your soil drains well.
- Change soil, especially clay types, with peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand to improve the drainage.
- You can plant astilbe seeds, however, they are short-lived and hard to develop.
- It is simpler to plant divisions from other astilbe plants. In the event that you are planting uncovered root plants, ensure the gaps are twice as wide as the plants and 4 to 6 inches down.
- Spot the plants so the roots are fanned marginally and pointing downwards, with the crown planted 1 to 2 inches beneath the ground level.
- Cover the roots with soil and press firmly.
- Make a point to plant the divisions in reliably moist, humus-rich soil. Dry soil can be deadly to your plants.
- To prolong the foliage, give shade. Astilbes can grow in deep shade, but will not flower that much.
Taking Good Care Of Your Astilbe
- Make sure to separate the congested clumps each 3 to 4 years in the spring. You can either replant the divisions immediately or put them in pots to be planted out in the early summer when they are re-established.
- Astilbe does fine as slicing flowers in the event that you wish to clip some blooms to bring inside.
- After blooming has finished for the season, the leaves may yellow; trim leaves if you wish and fresh growth will come next spring.
- After blooming has finished for the season, feel free to clip off any spent flower stems. Your astilbes will continue to provide attractive foliage until fall.
- Remember to regularly check your astilbes to make sure they are moist. Water accordingly if it doesn’t rain.
- Removing the flower heads will not promote continued flowering.
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These are some of the Astilbes that are widely used.
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Astilbes can be risky whenever planted in solid sun or exposed to the dry season, the two circumstances will make their leaves twist and singe. To save valuable dampness, mulch nursery beds. The period of sprout changes with the species and cultivar, yet astilbes could blossom from May to August. To keep plants crisp, isolate clusters each three to four years in spring.
You might be wondering what is the best plant to put in your garden. You might want to consider planting this beautiful creature as it is called the “Royalty of the Garden”.
No plants can match the number of plant characteristics of azalea. Their awesome shades, a bounty of flowers, and versatility to a wide scope of soils and atmospheres make them one of the most prominent blooming bushes in Georgia.
Azaleas are gathered into classes dependent on various plant qualities, including whether they are evergreen or deciduous (shed their foliage in winter), and whether they are local plant-animal types or a presented cultivar. Evergreen azaleas are depicted by blossom structure, petal shape, variety in petal hues, plant size, time of sprout and growth.
- Plant azaleas with the highest point of the root ball marginally above soil level.
- Try not to develop around these plants, as they have shallow roots.
- Since they absorb water through their foliage, wet both the leaves and root zone when you water.
- Overhead watering with sprinklers, yet to avoid parasitic infections do this in the morning so leaves dry by evening.
- Maintain a distance from irrigation since it doesn’t wet the root system consistently.
Evenly water your Azaleas so the soil never dries out, nor turns out to be excessively spongy. Normally, zones that get full sun will require progressively exhaustive and visit waterings, as they dry out quicker. Give the roots a chance to be wet, however not all that much that it spoils them. Early morning watering is critical with the goal that the sun has sufficient energy to evaporate the leaves for the duration of the day.
These are some of the Azaleas that you might want to consider planting on your beautiful gardens.
Planting Azalea is not that challenging compared to other species but we need to know some possible challenges in planting it and while it is planted. Azalea is defenseless to contagious sicknesses, for example, petal scourge, rust, and leaf nerve. The most ideal approach to protect the plant from contagious ailments is by splashing/spraying it with a fungicide beginning pre-summer until mid-June, each half a month. On the off chance that the plant winds up tainted with a parasite, prune and discard ailing departs/branches right away.
Did you know that Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs in the Pacific Northwest? Our seasonal rains and generally mild falls and winters make it easy to plant even after the first frost. Plus, cooler temperatures bring fewer insect pests, so growing is a snap.
Fall is the best time to plant. To know more, please watch this video.
- The combination of warm soil and cool air stimulates root growth to help your tree or shrub get established before the ground turns cold.
- Plants get a head start for next spring. After spending the fall and winter rooting into the soil, plants are ready to get growing faster in spring. Flowering is often better the first spring/summer also.
- Better drought tolerance. Plants get an extra 6-8 months of root growth before they must withstand dry conditions the following summer compared to planting in spring. This greatly improves survival for your landscape shrubs and trees.
- Less insect pest and disease pressure. Leaf spotters and leaf chewers are more active in spring and summer months than fall, making for less-stressed plants that root in better.
- There is less competition from summer weeds
- Gardening in moderate temperatures places less stress on you and makes outdoor work pleasant. Plus, planting now means one less task to do next spring.
If you’ve been considering moving something that’s already a part of your landscape, fall is a great time to do it.
A garden would be bare if there are no greens in it. Yes, I’m talking about the art of green. Hostas or Plantain Lilies are the missing pieces in the art of your garden.
A family of plants ordinarily known as hostas, plantain Lilies and at times by the Japanese name “giboshi”.
Plantain Lilies are created as shade-tolerant foliage plants. The sort is directly placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae, and is nearby to upper east Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East).
What should I do during fall
Cut back the rest of the greenery on hostas after it has kicked the basin back in fall (October or early November) in waterfront regions and up to a month sooner inland. In spite of the way that it would not hurt the plant to leave wilted foliage on the plant, the foliage gives slugs, weevils, and organized rodents a supportive safe house until spring.
This video explains why fall is the best planting time for a fruitful garden of Hostas.
How to plant Hostas
- Buy hostas as dormant, uncovered root divisions or pruned plants in the spring.
- Set the plants with the crown even with the encompassing soil and the developing tips noticeable at the dirt surface.
- If purchasing pruned hostas, plant them at a similar soil level as in the pot.
- Gently hose the dirt around the plants and water until the dirt is sodden/moist.
What are the top best hostas (mostly for gardeners)?
With such a large variety of extraordinary hosta to look over, making a list of ten top picks ended up being an overwhelming assignment. As I walked my nurseries, such a large number of hostas caught my attention and decided for a position on our preference.
1.) Hosta “Queen of the seas”
You can see a lovely building bunch of blue-dark leaves, profoundly ribbed with pie outside layer edges. Stunning as it spreads out in spring and a telling nearness throughout the entire season. This huge selection is a head-turner in the obscure nursery with its tall, upstanding structure and blue-green, heart-molded, wavy-edged leaves.
2.) Hosta “Liberty”
This hosta has Dark blue-green leaves with a wide edge of the brilliant yellow. For instance, its size, splendid variegation, and structure make it a stunning plant that is a point of convergence in any greenhouse. Also, it’s ideal for the shade gardens, blended with different perennials. Moreover, it’s best for small and large gardens which is a good way to take away stress.
3.) Hosta “Guacamole”
Its green-edged chartreuse leaves have a smooth sparkle that makes them look springtime crisp all through the developing season. The second: its huge flowers are fragrant! Additionally, this hosta is a quick grower and can take a lot of sunlight.
A fast grower that showcases great sun resistance and exhibits greater sun tolerance. Hostas are very easy to propagate through division because you can do it at any time during the growing season with little or no effect on the growth of the parent plant.
4.) Hosta “Allegan Fog”
Tenderly rippled leaves with a bent tip and variegation that changes as the season changes. The leaves are sporadically margined with dull green; the focuses are white in spring, changing to light green spotted and clouded with darker green. Hosta ‘Allegan Fog’ is a medium Hosta that has lavender flowers and develops into equal parts shade. There is a slight groove between the edge and focal point of the leaf giving the leaf a sewed appearance. The white focuses of ‘Allegan Fog’ are dotted with green giving the leaves a foggy appearance.
5.) Hosta “Little Miss Magic”
The spring leaves of this little excellence are brilliant yellow! Add to that the spear molded type of its undulated leaves, and you have garden flawlessness.
Hosta ‘Little Miss Magic’ is a little medium Hosta that has lavender flowers and develops down the middle shade/conceals. The tallness is 25 to 30 cm and the development is medium.
6.) Hosta ‘Duke of Cornwall
These huge, heart-formed dull green/blue leaves have a wide, feathered light green edge in spring.
It forms a huge hill of yellow-margined and blue-green-focused foliage that is very slug safe.
Likely, its close white flowers open on scapes. So whenever I see a Duke of Cornwall, it reminds me of a perfect art shading of colors from darker green and white colors.
7.) Hosta “Shade Fanfare”
You can witness the apple green heart-formed leaves have wide velvety edges and a pointy tip. I am constantly attracted to hostas in which the leaf surface is somewhat diviner suckered.
You will notice that plants structure a solid hill of foliage which beat with lily-like flowers. This medium-sized choice has lime-green leaves with a keen white to smooth yellow edge. This is why it is easily separated in either spring or fall. Yet plants might be disregarded for quite a long time.
8.) Hosta “Raspberry Sorbet”
Dark green leaves are extremely shiny, and twisted, with petioles streaked with red. Its bloom scapes don’t rise straight up from the middle as in different hostas, yet rise at a point separated all around the plant.
Easily developed inequitably damp, naturally rich, well-depleted soils to a limited extent shade to full shade. Water is best applied legitimately to the soil underneath the leaves.
9.) Hosta “Little Ann”
This sweet little hosta is a spreading type, with brilliant foliage and a restricted cream edge. It is valuable as an underplanting for upstanding hosta and at the front of the fringe.
“Small but elegant”, this is how I see it. You can put this hosta on sides of the designed garden for better enhancement.
The quality of this hosta differs on how you take care of them. Similarly, it may be challenging to sow this miniature plant but it’s worth it.
How to take care of Hostas
- Apply a well-adjusted, moderate discharge compost in the wake of planting or when development rises in the spring.
- The most significant thing here is to keep the dirt sodden/moist yet NOT wet. Also, remember to expel or to take away flower stalks after sprout to encourage new development.
- Clean up around the plants and expel darker leaves in the tumble to help control ailments and slugs.
- Transplant and isolation are best done in late winter when the leaves simply start to develop.