Using Hedges in Your Garden Design

by Karen Bates
(last updated June 17, 2015)

The landscaping around your home can become a creative space where you can plant things and decorate however you wish. In most cases, the types of plants and the overall design are up to you. Your yard can show a lot about your personality, and it is the first impression most people will have of your home.

There are many ways that you can grow and decorate a garden area, whether it's in your back yard or out front. You might want to plant vegetables, or maybe you prefer to grow flowers or other plants. Whatever you choose to do, it will impact the overall atmosphere of the area around your house. One option is to use hedges in your garden design.

Garden hedges can have a few different uses. These plants can be used for privacy, for decoration, or to create a border between garden areas. Hedges can vary in height, width, and type—there are various plants that can be used as hedges. Whatever theme you are going for in your garden, you are likely to find a hedge that will work well in the area.

Instead of using a fence, a privacy hedge is a nice way to section off an area. Not only does the hedge look natural, but it adds beauty to the garden. You can also choose to plant smaller hedges that won't add privacy but will still act as a border in the garden. Hedges need to be pruned from time to time, and the way you prune them will depend on how formal you want the area to look. For a more natural look, limit the amount of pruning you do and just let the plant grow normally.

Hedges can be found in both deciduous and evergreen types, meaning that you have a choice of whether your hedge will stay green year-round. You can also choose hedges that will flower at certain times of year. It all depends on how you want your yard and garden to look. And, depending on the hedge you choose, you may not need to do very much to take care of it.

For privacy or just adding decoration to an area, think about hedges in your garden. These plants can add a distinctive look, and can look great as well as be functional. Whether you want a formal appearance, or something that requires less maintenance, a garden hedge can be a good idea.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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