Now that the festive season is over and all the seasonal decorations have been cleared away, it is time for a New year and a new hedge. Now is a good time to turn your thoughts towards the outside areas and making any improvements needed now so that in the summer you can enjoy the space. If you have had lighting in the garden for the last few weeks it might be looking a bit dull now but with a bit of planning a nice new hedge will help to lift the garden and give it a nice fresh feel.
At this time of the year it is the evergreen hedges that really stand out giving colour and screening even now. Evergreen hedging is sometimes thought of as a monotone green and all the same but there are superb varieties of plants that will give a great range of foliage colour.
The sales team here at Hedgeplants.com are very excited by the following hedges as they add variety and colour to a garden.
Photinia Red Robin. This is a real “love it or hate it” plant with many people thing that this is a very gaudy hedge, but the same number of people think that it is an amazing plant. We love it for the deep red new growth that comes in the spring and after it has been trimmed. As well as the quick growth and the habitat it creates for wildlife. It also makes a good hedge for sound suppression and it can also help in trapping atmospheric pollution.
Portugal Laurel (Prunus lus. Angustifolia) this is a small-leaved dark green foliaged shrub that clips up into a superb hedge. If kept regularly trimmed it makes a superb formal hedge but if you want a bit more of a relaxed hedge trimming it less often will produce an excellent but relaxed hedge. We love it for the dark green foliage, the red stems and the white candle like flowers which make a great contrast.
Griselinia littoralis (Broadleaf), this is best suited for coastal areas and inner city areas. This New Zealand native has an amazing pale green foliage which is unique. Best planted in areas that will not get a very severe frost and has a good free draining soil. When trimmed regularly it forms a very dense hedge. We love it for the unique foliage colour and look.
Elaeagnus eb. Compacta, this is a more compact and bushy form of Elaeagnus ebbingii. It has a lovely silvery foliage but when it is wet, they look more of a bluey green colour. In the late summer/ Autumn there is small pale creamy coloured flowers hidden on the main stems of the plant which emit a very strong and sweet scent. We love this plant for the silvery foliage and the beautiful scent in the late summer.
With these amazing evergreen hedges there is no reason not to have a good New Year and a New Hedge