For many people, the
thought of a hedge reminds them of the neatly trimmed boxwood hedges
forming the maze at historic Williamsburg, Virginia, or the privet
hedge in the backyard of their youth. Fact of the matter is, a hedge
can be comprised of just about any type of tree or shrub, but
certain varieties of plants do seem to dominate the selection list.
Some woody plants make better candidates for shearing, and some
varieties, like privet, tend to be less expensive than say, boxwood.
The primary factors to consider
when planting a hedge:
height and width would you like the hedge to be?
Is the planting area
sunny or shady?
Do you have space
going to be a problem?
Will the hedge grow
naturally or be sheared to shape?
What tools and
capabilities (or limitations) do you have for trimming the
Should the hedge be
evergreen for year-round cover, or would a deciduous hedge be
Will you mulch the
area beneath the hedge, and if so, with what sort of