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The constitution of a free hedge allows you to find the many advantages of a monoculture hedge, while bringing originality and aesthetics to your garden all year round.
Unlike a single species hedge, the varied hedge will give you a multitude of colors, shades and shapes depending on the species.
Here is how to create a free and natural hedge:
Distance between free hedge shrubs
First of all measure the length of your hedge in order to calculate the number of plants needed.
- The general rule is to plant a shrub every 100 cm about.
- We will therefore have nearly 20 shrubs for a 20 m long hedge.
Evergreen and deciduous shrubs
We generally use a proportion of 1/3 of persistent and 2/3 obsolete.
If you want to be hidden from view in winter, this ratio will have to be reversed, or even 100% persistent.
Shrub species for a free hedge
It is interesting to find each species planted at least twice in your hedge: this will give it a certain unity.
But we must not not find more than 4 times the same shrub.
- Thus, each shrub will be found between 2 and 4 times depending on the length of the hedge.
Evergreen shrubs for a hedge
Among the most common, the most beautiful and the easiest to maintain, we have:
- The berberis, whose foliage brings very beautiful colors and a pretty spring bloom.
- Eléagnus, essential and very trendy, its variegated foliage brings a lot of light.
- Photinia, remarkable for the fiery red of its leaves in spring and fall.
- The ceanothe, also essential, it offers a spectacular flowering in spring.
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Deciduous shrubs suitable for hedging
If they lose their leaves in winter, they are often noticeable and very flowering the rest of the year:
- The Lilac, whose scent and beauty of its flowers enchant from spring to summer.
- Forsythia, dazzling with its golden yellow color in early spring.
- Tamarisk, will bring you lightness and cheerfulness for much of the year.
- Spirea, this shrub with delicate white flowers will amaze you.
- The weigelia, the great classic, deserves its place among the most used, because it is a real wonder.
- Japanese quince will give you a beautiful red color at the end of winter.
- The flowering currant, does not bear fruit but will delight you with its very beautiful flowering.
The constitution of a free hedge also has the enormous advantage of promoting the biodiversity of your garden.
Thanks to it, you reduce the number of diseases and therefore the use of treatment and control products that are harmful to the environment.
- Read the article on the hedge that protects nature
Read about maintaining a hedge
- Prune a hedge, when is the best period?
- Create a flowering hedge, ideas for shrubs.