Whats the best way to plant and maintain a hedge or a living screen?
So you want to screen out your neighbours, cut out the traffic noise or enclose an outdoor area. You could build a fence 2 metres high, but how sterile is that? You are much better to plant a hedge or screen of native or exotic plants to filter and cool the air, produce flowers, attract birds and create a lovely outdoor room.
Top ten hedges
I love hedges. In almost every beautiful garden I visit, there is at least one immaculately kept wall of foliage and in my mind’s eye, my own garden will one day be full of them. But when it comes to hedges, I seem to be addicted with the gardener’s equivalent of “fear of commitment”. Planting a hedge is easy. Deciding exactly what (and where) to plant is not so easy. It’s not as if we’ll want to change our minds after putting in a hundred plants.
Well you will be 'plum delighted' with this fabulous foliage shrub that looks good all year round. The neat oval leaves are a rich bronze maroon shade, in spring shaggy bright pink flowers start to appear and decorate the somewhat pendulous branches. Grow in the sun or part shade. Evergreen.