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How to form a flowering hedge in the garden, which plants are suitable for it
Selection of ornamental and flowering plants for the hedge
We talked about flowering hedges, even casually mentioned those crops that are suitable for it, but did not touch on the very moment of plant selection. Which ones are suitable for becoming a part of a hedge that blossoms and grows? The hedge must be based on ornamental plants that form a powerful leaf mass. Of these crops, the following should be recommended in the first place: The
prickly spruce is a tree that has decorative forms that differ from the usual plant in yellow or silvery needles, which are ideal for pruning, are winter hardiness, drought resistance and shade tolerance.
Spruce canadianIs a tree with very interesting decorative forms - weakly growing, with a weeping or bushy crown structure. All forms of Canadian spruce tolerate pruning very well, have sufficient winter hardiness, they are hygrophilous, but at the same time they are absolutely undemanding to the soil. The only thing that needs to be taken into account when placing Canadian spruce on the site is that it cannot stand too damp areas - it will grow there slowly or even die.
Amur fir is a rather tall, graceful tree, it lends itself well to pruning, ideal for the base of a flowering hedge. Fir is hardy, tolerates slight shading, but prefers moist soils.
Common juniperIs a short tree that tolerates cutting very well. The common juniper has decorative forms, among which the most common are plants with a weeping crown structure, as well as spherical and pyramidal. Juniper is quite winter-hardy, drought-resistant, tolerates a little short-term shading. It can grow on any type of soil, but does not tolerate acidified soils.
Yellow acaciaIs a shrub with beautiful dark green leaves. It is quite easy to form absolutely any style from acacia. Then you can twist the resulting structure with clematis, which will provide a very beautiful view. Acacia is quite frost-hardy, drought-resistant, but at the same time photophilous, therefore it grows better in open spaces. It is adapted for growing in the city, as it is not afraid of dirty air. Grows on any type of soil, except for too wet and heavy clay.
Irga canadianIs a shrub that is ideal as a base for a flowering hedge, and also looks great as a stand-alone plant. This is a very unpretentious and winter-hardy crop, tolerant of shading and soil moisture. Irga is characterized by high decorativeness both during flowering and in autumn, when the leaves are dressed in a crimson outfit.
The next group of cultures is most often used as an external decoration flowering hedges, but some of them are quite suitable for the creation of a flowering hedge of only one culture:
Ligustrum vulgareIs a shrub that forms a fairly dense crown and has dark green leaves. Privet is one of the best hedge shrubs to be clipped well. The privet blooms with small, but very fragrant snow-white flowers, collected in panicles, pleasing the eye in the middle of summer for a month.
Hungarian lilac is a shrub that has erect shoots, covered with rather large dark green leaves. Lilac flowers are purple, they are collected in panicles, the length of each of them varies from 15 to 25 centimeters. Lilac blooms and smells nice for about a month, it is quite photophilous, but at the same time it is winter-hardy and drought-resistant. It works best on fertile soils.
- a shrub that sometimes reaches a height of up to three meters. Its matte, light green leaves harmonize well with creamy white flowers, sometimes double. Chubushnik is very picky about soil fertility; it grows better on nutrient and moist soils. Of the positive qualities of the culture, it should be noted light-requiring and frost resistance.
Chubushnik Lemoine is a chic shrub filled with snow-white flowers, collected in racemose inflorescences with a very pleasant aroma. The plant tolerates shearing well, has a large number of cultivars, many of which are very picky about the soil, love nutritious and moist soil, but along with this, the varieties are often shade-tolerant.
Spirearegardless of the type, it tolerates a haircut and is distinguished by a very early and very abundant flowering. During this period, it is completely covered with snow-white flowers reaching a centimeter in diameter and collected in multi-flowered umbrella inflorescences.
The oak-leaved spirea also has white flowers, but their diameter usually exceeds one and a half centimeters, and they are collected in hemispherical inflorescences.
Spirea Wangutta blooms with milky white flowers, which gather in multi-flowered umbrella-shaped racemes, densely covering the shoots along their entire length. This type of spirea is sometimes referred to as "white cloud".
Honeysuckle honeysuckleIs a climbing plant, often reaching a height of three meters. Honeysuckle is only suitable as a plant covering a hedge. The shrub blooms quite abundantly and for a long time, its large, fragrant, unusual shape and pink-yellow flowers are located, as a rule, in the very center of the fused upper leaves. Honeysuckle loves places open to the sun, only there its beauty is manifested in full. Caprifoil is winter and heat resistant.
Actinidia kolomikta- this is a liana, the beauty of which lies, first of all, in its leaves. Initially, the leaf blades are bronze, then turn green, at the height of flowering they become variegated white, and by autumn - pink-purple or crimson-red. Actinidia blooms in mid-summer with pink or white flowers with a strong aroma. Kolomikta manages better in a well-lit place with fertile soil, it is moisture-loving and quite winter-hardy. Ideal as a green hedge cover.
Candidate of Agricultural Sciences,
Researcher, Department of Berry Crops,
GNU VNIIS im. I. V. Michurina,
member of the R&D Academy
Photo by the author and E. Valentinov