The use of hedges is primarily effective in a contemporary design due to the signature design feature of using fewer plants within the hardscape elements—thus enabling the plants chosen to have a greater visual impact.

Hedging is an excellent way to create a visually impactful design. Some hedge varietals are able to be installed to form the structural elements characteristic of contemporary design and most hedge shrubs are ideal for columnar or topiary work. With the use of wood, metal, concrete and rock (the primary hardscapes used in contemporary landscape design), green foliage against these materials will deliver significant visual impact.

Many hedge varietals can even thrive in containers, which has the added advantage of simpler installation and general plant care. With contemporary landscape design’s heavy use of containers and formalized spaces, using hedges satisfies these dual features—the ability to create privacy screens utilizing containers allows homeowners to create distinct spaces with ease in any size outdoor space.

Hedges are also useful in stabilizing soil, making installing them as a boundary or screen for a water feature ideal—using hedges around pools, waterfalls and other water details will act as a protectant against soil erosion while also reducing the impact of potential water runoff.