The Benefits Of Planting Privacy Hedges

Beautify Your Landscape With a Privacy Hedge

The addition of a privacy hedge as part of your home’s landscape is sure to bring pleasure to you and your family. It likely also will be the envy of your neighbors. If hedge plantings are selected with care and tended with love, the benefits they give in return is beyond measure. In this post, you will learn points to consider in deciding where to plant your hedge. Here, too, are tips to aid in plant selection.

How to Determine the Best Location for Your Hedge

Think carefully about where you want to locate your yard’s privacy hedge. If you have enough room, you can plant more than one type of plant, such as shrubs and trees. Some of the most breathtaking privacy hedges combine trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses, with the lowest-growing plants in front and the tallest in back.

First, determine how much space is allowable for the full-grown hedge. Using a hedge to increase privacy in your back yard by planting on your side of the neighbor’s property line works well if it does not encroach on his or her property, threaten overhead power lines or underground utilities, or grow so tall that plantings could uproot and fall on buildings.

You may want to run a soil test to determine the composition and characteristics of the soil in your proposed location so that, if the test results reveal problems, you can choose another location or make amendments to the soil before planting.

Privacy Hedge Plant Selection Tips

Consider the water supply and climate in your area, including weather conditions and temperatures. If you pick shrubs and other plants that are well suited to local conditions, they are more likely to thrive than plants that need special tending.PrivetCedar and Hemlock Trees makes the best privacy shrubs.

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Establishing hedges that include deciduous shrubs will require the raking of leaves in autumn, and formal hedges require pruning. If you prefer an informal look, the height, width and health of your shrubs or trees will determine whether there is any need to cut them back.

If family members or pets suffer from allergies, think seriously about the possible effects that each tree, shrub, ornamental grass and perennial you are considering may have on them. For example, female shrubs and trees do not produce pollen, making them more hypoallergenic than their male counterparts. All flowering shrubs, however, may cause reactions in those who are sensitive to their fragrances.


Raised Bed Garden Wonders

While raised beds have traditionally been the
domain of the vegetable gardener,
perennial plants such as Daylilies, HostaVirginia Blue bellsColumbine And Dutchman’s Breeches have much to recommend
them to this type of garden. All thrive under the favorable conditions of a
raised bed and each species has it’s own, unique features which make them
perennial favorites.

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Daylilies could easily fill a raised bed all by
themselves.They come in a range of sizes and enticing colors, and bloom from
early June until September. There are even evening blooming varieties for when
you want to linger on the patio on those warm summer nights.

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Although the individual blooms only last a day or
so, a good variety will have tons of blossoms over a long period. The blooms can
range in size from 3 to 5 inches, and be either round or triangular in shape.
They can be planted, or transplanted, at any time during the growing season,
although spring is the best time to rework the beds of these forgiving plants.

You could fill several raised beds with Hosta and
never run out of choices. While not especially noted for their bloom, the
hostas come in so many sizes and shapes that their inclusion in the raised bed
perennial garden is almost mandatory. More so if your raised bed occupies a
shaded location. Hostas appreciate the good drainage and rich soil a raised bed
affords them. Again spring is the best time to divide and transplant these
hardy plants.

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Both these plant species make excellent choices
for a raised bed all by themselves but your garden will go from interesting to
amazing if you mingle other perennials amongst them. This is where early
blooming plants come into their own.

Virginia Blue Bells, with their clusters of
flowers on coiled stems, spring to life in early April. Typically grown in
drifts, in naturalized gardens, they are equally at home grown in clusters in
the raised bed garden. They add early season texture and color at a time when
the summer blooming plants are still getting their act together.

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Just when the bells are starting to fade, along
comes the lovely Columbine. With showy, bell shaped, spurred flowers, in colors
that range from white to blue to pink, red and pale green hanging above lacy
foliage, they contrast beautifully with the more sturdy foliage of our other
perennials. Although the plants aren’t noted for longevity, they self-seed

Dutchmans Breeches is a fine choice for use with
mixed perennial plants in the raised bed garden. Like the others, it
appreciates the same conditions while providing it’s own special charms.
Another early spring bloomer, Dutchmans Breeches is a great choice as a
companion for other shade loving plants.

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Mixed together, or grown individually,
Daylilies, Hosta, Virginia Blue Bells, Columbine, And Dutchmans Breeches are
among the best choices in perennial plants for your raised bed garden.

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