The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Hedge's

Question: My large perennial garden faces north along a road that over the past 20years has gotten much busier. We have taken down a fence infavor of a living screen that would provide structure to the garden,wind break,and cover for the birds. I think drought tolerant plant are a must. Would welcome ideas. thanks Nan

Answer: Evergreens for informal hedges include barberry, holly, rhododendron, and azalea species. These plants are available in many heights and so by carefully selecting your variety, you can eliminate a great deal of pruning. The berries and flowers on these plants are attractive bonuses to the functional aspect of an informal hedge. You may even want to plant taller shrubs in back and lower shrubs in the front to double the sound barrier and increase the attractiveness of your hedge.

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