The Q&A Archives: Suggestions for Low Hedges

Question: What is a good plant to use in a low hedge that requires little trimming? Jean Spille Rockwood, TN

Answer: I'm not sure how "low" or "wide" you want your hedge to be, but I'll make a few suggestions. Rosa rugosa forms a dense hedge 4-6' high by 4-6' wide. Rhus aromatica (fragrant sumac) gorws 2-6' high by 6-10' wide. I've seen a hedge of this several years old and only 4-5 wide. Quite nice looking. Boxwood is a nice evergreen shrub that requires little pruning. Any shrub whose mature height is within your expectations would be appropriate. Ask your local nursery for suggestions. I hope this is helpful!

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