The Q&A Archives: Hedges

Question: I would like to put a hedge between my house and my neighbors. I don't want anything too high but would like it to be green all year. Do you have any ideas on what to plant. I would like to keep it around 3 ft. high or just abit higher. Thank you

Answer: There are many plants you could use depending on the growing conditions where the hedge is to be planted such as: sun or shade and at what time of day, type of soil and soil moisture, width of the space where it is to be grown, wind exposure, and so on. You might consider yews, smaller rhododendrons, smaller boxwoods such as "Green Gem", "Schipka" cherry laurels, or possibly one of the blue hollies group clipped to stay that small. Your local county extension and professionally trained nursery staff should be able to make more specific suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions where you want to plant the hedge. Good luck with your project!

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