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 hedges can also serve the practical purpose of providing a property with added security and privacy or shade.

The best time to plant hedge material is in spring for evergreens and fall for deciduous plants. A stable and healthy hedge will take two to three years to fill in before you get a thick screen.

Another advantage of growing shrubs used as living walls or fences is that they come in different sizes and shapes that fit any style and size of your garden. The key is choosing the right one for your space and level of maintenance.

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”

We have

Emerald Green Arborvitae 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 maintain the desired height. We recommend planting 30 inches on center.  A great option as it does not take up a lot of space.

Leyland Cypress 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.

Gold Rider Leyland Cypress 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 grow 20 to 30 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide. We recommend planting 8 to 10 feet on center. Deer resistant.

Green Giant Arborvitae A strong, rooted evergreen tree

that is virtually disease-free. It has a uniform shape that seldom needs 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 others say not?

Skip Laurel A broadleaf 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.

English Laurel Another broad-leaf evergreen is 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

Compact English Laurel 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

Otto Luyken Laurel 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.


So what are you waiting for?

Shop your favorite hedges now in our Hedge Happening! Special Offers are available for a limited time only. Starting September 19th at A & R Nursery and Sales in Woodland WashingtonWe are located at 35306 NW Toenjes Road in Woodland.

You may also call us at 360-263-4700 or email us for more hedge details.