Why, many ask, would anyone choose semi-evergreen hedging when they could choose evergreen hedging instead? But semi-evergreen hedging has its rewards…
The first thing to say is that if your hedge has to block out the blot on the landscape next door, then you will want a dense, evergreen hedging. Yew, Cherry Laurel, Griselinia Littoralis, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’, Photinia Red Robin or Common Box would all fit the bill.
But if absolute privacy or screening isn’t the be-all, then four varieties of semi-evergreen hedging offer a stylish, more delicate alternative that subtly change with the seasons…
Semi-Evergreen Hedging – Hornbeam
Young, unestablished Hornbeams will lose some leaves over winter with new growth appearing around mid-March. Established, sheltered Hornbeams will keep the vast majority of its coppery autumnal foliage until that new growth appears but will loose more the further North they’re planted and the colder the winter.
Semi-Evergreen Hedging – Common Beech & Purple Copper Beech:
The foliage of both varieties changes colour in autumn – the former to a coppery brown, the latter to a warmer, richer red. Crucially, though, both are also marcescent meaning these leaves remain until the new year’s growth starts appearing in early May. So although there is some loss, the change in colour and that delicate appearance offer excellent compensation. Indeed, this is why people choose either variety.
Semi-Evergreen Hedging – Privet:
Privet looses some leaves in autumn and winter but because they drop from inside the hedge, the external appearance doesn’t greatly change. Indeed, most owners of a Privet hedge will assume it’s evergreen.
Semi-Evergreen Hedging – Conclusion:
Semi-Evergreen Hedging can therefore offer the best of both worlds – contrasting and fabulous autumn colour without the bleakness of mid-winter nakedness . It also means that a semi-evergreen hedge can still offer good all-year-round privacy, if not to the same degree as a true evergreen.