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Fast growing hedge: tips for getting started

The first thing to consider is that hedges are usually composed of a single plant, which growing on a wall conveys a unitary and homogeneous idea of ​​the hedge itself. It is not the only way you have: there are also variegated fast-growing hedges, which are produced using different plants, placed in different or alternating points: in this way, the hedge will have different colors, creating an effect of movement that will make the all. To form a garden quickly, the plants must be evergreen: it is a choice given by a sort of natural selection, since they grow quickly and, through pruning, immediately allow you to work on the surface, giving it the appearance you prefer and using it to separate parts of the garden. Furthermore, these evergreen plants are preferable because they have a fundamental characteristic: they have a constant appearance (hence their name) even in difficult times of the year, such as winter and autumn. There are three suggestions for growing fast-growing hedges: cherry laurel, pyracantha and pieris japonica. Let’s go and discover them.

Fast-growing hedges: the cherry laurel plant


The cherry laurel, whose scientific name is prunus laurocerasus, has on its side the main characteristic we are looking for: it grows quickly, and is therefore perfect for fast-growing hedges. Another positive element of this plant is the low cost, which makes it a great choice for the wallet as well. Furthermore, with the cherry laurel, you can buy and install already large plants, whose growth has already begun, optimizing the time you have given yourself for your garden. The cherry laurel is a plant that adapts well to many soils and does not require large maintenance, but be careful: since it is a plant whose growth is rapid, it is advisable to keep an eye on it, as it could at some point become cumbersome, with related pruning problems. If you buy old plants, the best time to operate is certainly March. If what you want, however, is to act on the shape, do it in the hottest months, between June and September: if you follow and safeguard the main branches and keep only the green parts and with the buds, you will have an excellent result.

Fast-growing hedges: the Pyracantha plant


Pyracantha is an evergreen shrub that has Asian origins. It increases in volume very quickly (it is therefore perfect for fast growing hedges) and can reach, with its disorderly development, even two / three meters in height. It is widely used for hedges because it produces a rounded crown in which white star flowers and berries of different colors (orange, yellow or red) are formed. In addition to the rapidity of growth, another good element of pyracantha is that of exposure, as this plant easily resists the cold. Furthermore, if provided with a sunny exposure, it increases the growth times and the production of flowers. As for pruning, the advice is to act in spring, eliminating the flowers still present and the stems that sprout from the foliage, making it uneven: if it is then used as a hedge, the green parts must be shortened. The advice here is to act in the summer.

Fast-growing hedges: the Pieris Japonica plant


Pieris japonica is part of the pieris family and is useful for creating fast growing hedges. Its name recalls Japan: the pieris, in fact, come from the mountainous areas of central and eastern Asia, but can also be found in America. It is a type of plant that reaches medium sizes, approximately one meter in height. Its leaves are dark green, while the shoots are bronze and the flowers are white, pink or reddish (especially when they are young). It is a plant that has climbing tendencies and that maintains a dense composition, as the flowers cover a large part of the shrub: the advantage is that it does not require major pruning. The soil on which it can be best planted is an acid type soil. As far as the display is concerned, the pieris japonica should be placed in a semi-shady place, in which the sunlight penetrates for a few hours of the day. It should be watered about every ten days.

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