Marianne CannonDesign elements – hedges

I talk with landscape designer Louise McDaid about using hedges in garden design, hedge sizes and shapes, plant choices and maintenance.

(Don’t forget to read my original post about living walls where Louise and I discussed pleaching, vertical gardens, hanging baskets and climbing plants.)

Living walls – Hedges Part 1

Generalife near the Alhambra, Granada, Spain [Photo: M Cannon]

Do you have a hedge in your garden? Is it the right plant choice for the right situation? Hedges are so much more than growing alongside a fence. You can also have more than one row of hedges in your garden because they instantly add structure, or add bones to your garden layout.

The months leading up to and including spring and early summer are an excellent time for planting hedges, but a note for cooler districts, allow of course for the passing of frost danger. Apart from providing a visual barrier around a property, a dense hedge can muffle traffic noise from a busy street or act as wind break. A spiky hedge will deter unwanted guests and that pesky neighbourhood dog that likes to dig up people’s yards.

 

Living walls – Hedges Part 2

I talk with Louise McDaid about straight hedges, curvy hedges, hedges for privacy, secret rooms, and windbreaks.

Salzburg, Austria [Photo: M Cannon]

If your hedge is too much work, gives you hay-fever, or just doesn’t look nice, pull it out. Yes, you can do it.

There are so many varieties of plants that make great hedges don’t spend any more time looking at that sad excuse of a hedge. Plant a better one, or plant another one alongside – you’ll be glad you did. So many hedges to talk about.

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Marianne Cannon

About Marianne Cannon

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It's about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today's environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more.

One thought on “Design elements – hedges

  1. I’ve either designed gardens, or thought and written about them for a couple of decades now but the conversations between you two always turn up some new angles and ideas. You work really well together.

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