The Biology of Hedging Plants

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Whether you’re growing Hedging Plants, veg or roses, a rudimentary understanding of basic plant biology will help you succeed. If you understand a little of what makes a plant tick and how it responds to treatment, you will be better placed to do the right thing at the right time….

Hedging Plants’ Shared Biology

Hedging Plants have a shared biology as, for example, all leaves photosynthesise and all roots draw moisture and nutrients in much the same way. But we do need to understand that despite these basic, essential similarities, different species and varieties have individual preferences and requirements. For example, Hornbeam will tolerate damper soils than Yew and European Beech can survive light shade while Purple Copper Beech will not.
To grow a successful hedge, we don’t need to understand why this is, just that it is. So the approach I’m suggesting requires neither years of study nor even hours spent immersed in scientific books; in fact nothing really other than a certain curiosity and a willingness to garden sympathetically.

Hedging Plants Posts

The first posts in this series will look at:
Apical Dominance
Buds
Chlorosis
Shoots