Some hedges are just trees that have been cut and trimmed into a hedge shape. There are also varieties that only grow around 4 feet in height. I don’t really care whether the hedge derives from a tree that has the potential to grow to 60 feet or if it will only reach 3 feet. I think an important characteristic of a hedge is hardiness. Here are 5 kinds of hardy hedges that should provide you with privacy, protection, land division, or however you wish to use it for many, many years.
5. Purple Leaf Plum Hedge
If you are looking for a hedge that adds some color to the landscape, then this is the one! Bright red leaves appear in the spring, followed by white flowers. As fall grows nearer, dark purple cherries begin to emerge and the leaves turn a gorgeous reddish purple. These hedges are hardy between zones 2 to 8 and are drought tolerant.
4. Orderly Privet Hedge
This hedge requires very little care and will last for generations. The more its branches are trimmed, the thicker the hedge becomes. It makes an excellent fence for privacy or to simply divide a section of your property.
3. Native Rosa Rugosa
Able to thrive in zones 2 to 8, this hedge provides protection from harsh winds and also produces gorgeous flowers. Bright pink roses will appear in the spring and keep blooming until the frost hits. The foliage on this hedge is so dense that it makes a perfect privacy fence and keeps out wandering animals and people.
2. Fast-Growing Pink Honeysuckle
This honeysuckle is actually a hedge that is disease-resist and does well in zones 4 to 9. They prefer lots of sunshine. Pink flowers emerge during the middle of May and bright red berries will show up later in the summer. The red berries will stay on the hedge all winter long and lend some color to your garden during this rather bleak time.
1. Leyland Cypress
Not only is this hedge a hardy one, but it is also extremely fast growing. It is able to shoot up 3 to 4 feet every year and it remains green all winter long. This is a great hedge to grow if you live in zones 6 to 10 and have poor soil or polluted air. These hedges aren’t picky at all!
I hope this list comes in handy the next time you are searching for a hedge that will last. What type of hedge would you chose for your own yard?
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