The flowering hedge

The flowering hedge par excellence: the cherry laurel

Among the most widely used ornamental hedge species, there is undoubtedly Prunus laurocerasus among the first places. This evergreen shrub species, originally from Asia, was introduced in Italy during the sixteenth century as an ornamental plant and, since then, has been the most functional species suitable for hedges (in some areas the cherry laurel grows even spontaneously). It is not at all difficult to meet the cherry laurel in squares, gardens, public bodies, road slopes; although the plant can reach considerable dimensions and assume an arboreal habit, regularly pruned it lends itself in an exceptional way, maintaining conspicuous and easily manageable dimensions. The flowering hedgeof the cherry laurel can be admired from April to late June, and its large panicle inflorescences, facing upwards, are formed by small white or cream-colored flowers, which release an intense aroma perceptible several meters away. In autumn, however, the hedges are embellished with small black or bluish berries.

The polygon

Ignored for a long time and recently returned to the fore, the evergreens ascribed to the Polygala genus can represent an alternative to the common hedges. These shrubby, climbing or creeping plants (depending on the species) are native to the American continent, but in Italy they have acclimatized for decades, growing spontaneously in uncultivated areas and disused pastures. They are very easy to manage and, their scant care, make these sturdy plants excellent hedges. They have a slower growth than other species useful for the purpose, but with a little patience you will get really remarkable results. Flowering begins in March and ends in early autumn, and depending on the species there are particular flowers (vaguely similar to snapdragons) of fuchsia, pink, white, yellow or blue color.

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Commonly called “lilac”, the representatives of the Syringa genus have been used since time immemorial as ornamental plants in gardens, parks and road slopes. The genus includes about thirty annual species, but only Syringa vulgaris is widely used in gardening. It also has a modest range of hybrids and cultivars, with the most disparate colors: white, pink, fuchsia, lilac and purple. Its resistance and rusticity allows the creation of strong and luxuriant hedges, as long as they are exposed to total sunlight, thus allowing healthy development. The flowering hedgeof lilac is observed in spring (April-May) and, depending on the altitude, can last until June or late summer. In ancient times, it was thought that lilac was the home of fairies or little sprites of nature, and was grown near doors and gates as a wish for good luck and to ward off evil. Today it is easy to find lilac in any nursery, at very low prices among other things, but it takes some time to obtain a hedge of considerable size.

The oleander

Along with the cherry laurel, another extremely common species in the form of a hedge is the oleander. The scientific name is Nerium oleander, and it is native to Asia, but currently grows spontaneously throughout the Mediterranean area, including the islands. The bearing of the oleander is shrubby or arboreal, but when cultivated close to road slopes, flower beds or surrounding walls, it is easy to contain its growth and size, by frequent pruning. The oleander produces flowers of considerable size, gathered in apical inflorescences composed of 5-15 elements; the older the oleander, the more abundant and lasting its flowering will be. The colors vary from pure white to intense pink, passing through red, cream and canary yellow. Rustic and easy to maintain, its flowering will beautify the garden from April to late October.

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