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What to Plant instead of Leyland Cypress…and Why

Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) is a popular choice for a hedge to provide privacy and wind protection due to its extremely fast growth rate. Leyland Cypress is noted for its fastest screening tree for privacy. The hedge is widely used in the USA. However, many people who plant these without knowing all the potential

Cold Hardy Hedges

This is a message of hope for anyone living in a cold climate who has given up hope of being able to grow an interesting hedge: you have options! Yes, cherry laurel, yew, and beech are extremely popular in the Zone 5 and up crowd, but don’t think for a moment that there aren’t

Laurel Hedges

Laurels are a unique group of plants, and they are particularly well-suited to hedging. They are technically in the Prunus genus and they are not “true” laurels at all! This may be why they are often called “Cherry laurels” –cherries and plums are also Prunus species. Cherry laurels are broad-leafed evergreens, meaning they have wide,

Arborvitae Hedges

Arborvitae hedges are extremely popular for screening and privacy due to their evergreen foliage, dense growth habit, lush green color, hardiness, and ease of maintenance. There are many varieties to choose from, including Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja x ‘Green Giant’) and Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’).

Beech Hedge vs Hornbeam Hedge – Which Creates a Far Superior Hedge

Landscape architects specifying hedges for properties most often select European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) or European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus). The two varieties are similar in many ways, but in our experience, Beech nearly always creates a superior hedge. Beech is available in an array of rich colors, while Hornbeam tends to display poorer color. One of