The Q&A Archives: Hedges

Question: We have a new house and need to plant hedges in front of our fence? Any ideas as to what is best and low maintenance? It need to be at least 3 to 4 feet high and same or more in width. Green in color or maybe a purple.

Answer: Hedge plants need to be selected based on site requirements (sun, partial shade, deep shade, hardiness zone, root zone competition, available moisture). Any plant will need care to become established before it can compete and maintain itself. Native evergreen plants that can be used as hedges include Florida Leucothoe, Dahoon holly, myrtle holly, yaupon holly, red cedar, Southern wax myrtle. Select plants that are adapted to the site. Other plants (non-natives) that can be used include camellia, Elaeagnus, Nellie R. Stevens holly, burford holly, lusterleaf holly, small anise-tree, Chinese loropetalum, Fortune's osmanthus, Japanese cleyera. Again, select plants that are adapted to the sun exposure in the specific site.

Good luck with your garden!

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