Hedges make a nice border to a property or a garden.
Patch asked Peter Brindle from Chanticleer in Wayne for the best hedge plants for the growing zone that includes southeastern Pennsylvania.
Thuja plicata is a large, pyramidal tree with a buttressed base and seen most often with multiple trunks. Its’ foliage maintains a steady green all year round and it grows best in moist, well drained acidic soils in areas with partial or full sun.. It is a low maintenance plant best used as a shrub, tall hedge or tree.
Buxus Green Mountain, also called “small boxwood,” has an unusual pyramid shape and their dark green leaves keep their color all year and require very little very little pruning to keep its shape. It thrives best in moist soil with full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It’s best used as a landscape or shrub and grows slowly making it ideal for a clipped or shaped hedge. It looks best when located along a foundation or as a border along a walkway or path.
Acer Palmata, a Japanese hedge, is know for its green or red colored leaves and fine leaf texture. Fall color ranges from bright yellow through orange and red. This hedge plant grows best in the shade with a well-drained acidic soil. These hedges compliment patio areas or used as a small shade tree.
Which hedge plants have been the most successful for you? Tell us in the comments.