Alan Titchmarsh is one of the most popular and respected gardeners currently guiding the nation’s gardeners. Let’s listen as Titchmarsh talks hedging.
For many years, hedging has been disappearing from our front gardens to make room for cars and an ever-increasing collection of waste-specific rubbish bins while at the back, it’s up against rather ugly fencing. But opinions change and, helped by high-profile fans like Alan Titchmarsh, the hedging is fighting back…
Titchmarsh Talks Hedging
“When it comes to garden boundaries, fences and walls are “out”. Fashion has turned full circle and hedging is firmly back in fashion.”
“Thuja is good for a traditional conifer look, as is evergreen berberis if you need defensive prickles. For a sheltered south-facing spot Osmanthus delavayi makes a neat and tidy hedge with jasmine-scented flowers in summer…”
“For a different effect a row of unclipped photinia, shrub roses or the taller rosemary “Miss Jessup’s Upright” make a good informal screen, while for outlining paths or flowerbeds lavender, santolina or dwarf box are back in fashion…”
“…real live garden boundaries are not only handsome, wildlife friendly and “green” but they are a lot cheaper than walls and longer lasting than fences – they won’t rot or go flying on windy nights.”
“…if you need a conifer hedge that is easy to keep around 5ft high, plump for thuja which needs only a light clip once or twice a year. And for a novel effect, you could give it a gently undulating top suggestive of rolling countryside.”
“You can even go quite contemporary with hedging – I know of gardens with hedges made up of short rows of several different species that have been clipped into formal blocks in various shapes and sizes so that they interlock to make a continuous barrier.”
“…decorative screens made by planting a row of espalier trained Photinia Red Robin, which is proving popular on new housing estates.”
“On a small scale, edgings of clipped rosemary or dwarf box are very fashionable for paths or outlining herb gardens, potagers or flower beds – and they leave the garden looking “lived in” even in winter….”
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