The Hedging in Common Areas has a disproportionate impact on prospective purchasers. It does, after all, constitute the vital first impression.
Hedging for Common Areas
Look at the planting for common areas across a selection of multi-dwelling housing developments – from the small to the largest – and the chances are the list of all hedging and edging plants used will not be long. This, though, has nothing to do with that small selection of plants being the most reliable, the easiest to maintain or, indeed, the cheapest, but with what now amounts to tradition. Because they are all excellent choices, we’re inevitably about to suggest some – many – of them. But, we’ll also be recommending additional varieties that are just as hardy, just as easy and in the same price bracket but which will also greatly enhance the aesthetics of the development’s common areas.
We fully appreciate that how common areas are treated is dependent upon the nature of the development and whether or not a) there is a maintenance charge for anyone buying into the development and b) whether or not that charge includes maintaining the grounds as well as the fabric of the building. The suggestions below therefore are more an approach to using soft landscaping to improve desirability and saleability than fixed ideas. Either way, though, the over-riding consideration is minimising maintenance and maximising year-round appeal…
Hedging for Common Areas: Beds
Whether a bed(s) is raised, central, extended borders or a modern take on a rockery etc. will be entirely down to the development itself. Such features must, obviously, reflect the style of the development and suit the space available. Providing decent topsoil is available or brought in and laid to a sufficient depth, the plants detailed at the end will thrive.
Beds are an excellent way of making use of rubble but please remember:
1) Stone, brick and concrete make excellent foundations (and even containing walls) for raised beds, central features etc. But metal, plastic and other man-made waste should NOT be included as these will harm, even kill, the plants – including grass
2) There must be sufficient soil for the plants to grow and not dry out
Hedging for Common Areas: Borders
As for beds, so for borders. On the practical level, there is nothing else to add. We can, though, put in an extra word for featuring Lavenders in borders – attractive, scented, hardy and very low maintenance. All they really need is sun and good drainage.
We’ll conclude our survey of hedging for Common Areas in the next post…