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Features and functions of evergreen garden hedges

Hedges are undoubtedly an important ornamental element of any garden. They also have several uses such as creating a barrier that protects against prying eyes and the entry of disreputable individuals, particularly if they are tall and thorny enough. Furthermore, hedges provide shelter from the sun and wind, define an area, delimit a boundary, improve the structure of the garden and can have multiple shapes and sizes. Evergreen garden hedges offer the advantage of performing these functions all year round, even in the winter season, and are the most popular. The suitable species are many, with different characteristics, and must be chosen according to your needs and aesthetic tastes. Hedge plants can have slow or fast growth and be more or less compact.

Most popular evergreen hedge plants


Cherry Laurel, with glossy and leathery green leaves, is the most used shrub for the construction of hedges, for its fast and compact growth and because it requires little care. The boxwood, with small leaves, on the other hand, has a slow growth and lends itself very well to topiary art, for the creation of particular shapes. The privet, with oval leaves, is resistant and has a rapid development. Laurel, a popular aromatic plant with oval and pointed leaves, is rustic and easy to grow. Photinia is a shrub that stands out for its young purple-red colored leaves. Rosemary aromatic plant is also often used as a hedge. Berberis comes in many varieties, with very decorative leaves and thorns. Il Leccio is used as a windbreak hedge.

Hedges with decorative berries and coniferous hedges


There are many species that, in the winter season, produce colorful, very decorative berries. Among these we have the Aucuba, suitable for shady conditions, which has bright red berries, in clusters, and leaves variegated with green and yellow. Cotoneaster is very widespread, with prostrate and erect varieties and numerous red berries. Pyrachanta is highly developed, has many thorns and produces orange, red or yellow berries. Phyllirea angustifolia (Thin Ilatro) is a shrub with beautiful blue berries that turn black when ripe. The sturdy Holly has variegated, spiny or toothed leaves and bright red berries. Some species of small conifers are also very popular, giving very dense hedges. Among these the classic Cypress, Cryptomeria, Thuja,

Evergreen Garden Hedges: Evergreen hedge plants with flowers


Many types of evergreen garden hedges offer lush flowering with a great ornamental effect. Among the most used we mention the Mahonia, a thorny shrub which, during the spring season, produces fragrant golden yellow flowers. Nandina, with white flowers, is characterized by red winter leaves. Callistemon stands out for its showy red or even yellow, white or purple spiked inflorescences. Oleander is a poisonous shrub but produces large and showy flowers throughout the summer season, generally white or pink in color. Pieris japonica has young red leaves and white spring inflorescences. The Pittosporum genus produces fragrant spring-summer flowers, creamy white or red. The Strawberry Tree is a very decorative plant, with fruits that ripen the

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