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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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InstantHedge Featured in July GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 18/07/2020

As experts in privacy hedging, we’ve heard it all. So many people are desperate for immediate privacy that can extend 10, 15, or 20 feet upward, but they become frustrated with the limited availability of hedge options that are both instantly thick and tall.


InstantHedge Featured in Green Profit Magazine

Posted 03/07/2020

InstantHedge featured in RENTCafe Blog(Page 43)

Posted 09/06/2020

Can’t get out and enjoy nature right now? Bring nature in your home. You may not own your dwelling, but you can still find ways to bring the outdoors inside. Whether your space is large or small, gardening enhances both your health and happiness.

InstantHedge Featured in May Gardensmart Newsletter

Posted 18/05/2020

You may think it a known fact that evergreens make the best privacy hedges, but you may also think that you will have to forfeit that quality if you want seasonal color interest from a hedge. Think again!


InstantHedge Featured in April GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 17/04/2020

Boxwood (Buxus sp.) is a wildly popular evergreen shrub that has been used in landscapes for centuries. It fits in any garden style, from very formal (Versailles) to very casual. They are the go-to option for low-maintenance, evergreen hedges.

InstantHedge Featured in March GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 14/03/2020

A hedge is an essential component for almost every garden. These living walls are invaluable for their ability to provide privacy, noise reduction, habitat for wildlife, garden design, and a lovely green backdrop for the whole garden.


InstantHedge in Lawn & Garden Retailer

Posted 05/03/2020

The best new ornamental plants, garden products and edible plants were recently given the prestigious 2020 Green Thumb Award, presented by the Direct Gardening Association (DGA). Winners in the Ornamental Seeds, Bulbs and Plants division were European Beech InstantHedge from InstantHedge and Clematis ‘Lady Kyoko’ from Spring Hill Nurseries. Recipients in the Gardening Tools and Accessories division were Garden Tutor Online Course and Kit from Botaniworld and the Vertex Wall Trellis from Gardener’s Supply Co. In the Edible Plants division, KangaRhu Rhubarb from Gurneys Seed and Treasure Island Sweet Potatoes from Concept Plants were winners.


InstantHedge Featured in Green Profit's Buzz

Posted 04/03/2020

That could have been another great name for the InstantHedge, a winner of one of the Direct Gardening Association’s 2020 Green Thumb Awards. These awards are chosen by garden writers who judge both plants and products on uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a garden problem and their appeal to gardeners.


InstantHedge Featured in February GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 17/02/2020

For dense evergreen hedges with a lush, leafy look, people often reach for English laurels like the species Prunus laurocerasus or the Schip laurel. These hedges are useful in situations that need a fast-growing hedge and have a fair amount of space to fill, but sometimes a smaller, more manageable type hedge is needed. This is where their lesser-known cousin, Portuguese laurel, saves the day! It is a different species, Prunus lusitanica, native to the coast of Portugal and Northwestern Africa. Read on for five reasons why you might need a Portuguese laurel hedge of your own.

InstantHedge Featured in January GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 19/01/2020

When the winter air is cold and the nights are long, it helps to start dreaming of spending warm summer days in the garden. Whether you like to keep it a private space for just you or a spot to host backyard bashes for the masses, this one element will make a huge impact on your outdoor living space: a thriving privacy hedge.


InstantHedge featured in December GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 12/13/2019

Many popular hedges are deciduous, with a lovely fall color display, and some may even hold their dormant leaves throughout the winter for added screening (like European beech). Still, for full, thick winter privacy your best bet is an evergreen hedge. Some evergreens go off color in winter, but the list below contains the best hedges to pick for optimum winter color and interest.


InstantHedge featured in November GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 11/18/2019

When fall hits, we often find ourselves in a frenzied state of cleaning up our gardens. Raking leaves, spreading mulch, removing spent plant material, tucking away gardening hoses, etc. has us thinking about putting the garden to bed. Usually planting anything is far from our thoughts until the first taste of spring the next year. However, fall is really one of the best times to plant trees and shrubs, and it's the ideal time to install a new hedge! Here are a few reasons why:

InstantHedge Featured in October GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 10/11/2019

A cottage garden is an experience. It engages all the senses and invokes a feeling of strong connection to both the past and the present. It creates an ecosystem where pollinators, birds, and other creatures thrive. The best part is that they are easy to create and maintain if done right.


InstantHedge Featured in GardenSmart September Newsletter

Posted 09/13/2019

When that first scent of fall reaches our noses, it signals our brains to reach for everything cozy and comforting. We start to slow down after the rush of summer and ready ourselves for the dark, short days of winter. Plants make similar changes, with annuals and perennials shutting down, evergreens slowing growth, and deciduous shrubs and trees beginning to abscise and drop their leaves.


InstantHedge in August GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 08/16/2019

For centuries, people have been shaping hedges into crisp lines and geometric patterns to create breathtaking formal garden designs. By studying the elements of formal gardens, we can take away some tips and tricks for installing them at home.


InstantHedge in July Gardensmart Newsletter

Posted 07/12/2019

"Landscaping a small space is a special challenge. They often require extra privacy since a small yard typically means close proximity to neighbors, but there simply isn’t much room for screening plants.


InstantHedge in June Gardensmart Newsletter

Posted 06/10/2019

"This is a message for those living in a cold climate who have given up hope of being able to grow an interesting hedge: you have options! Yes, cherry laurels, yew, and beech are extremely popular in the Zone 5 and up crowd, but don’t think for a moment that there aren’t beautiful choices for the Zone 4 and below folks as well.


InstantHedge is Luxury Pools' Product We Love!

Posted 05/28/2019

"InstantHedge is revolutionizing landscapes. With refinished, live options in three different sizes and over 25 varieties


InstantHedge in May GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 05/18/2019

"I need a privacy hedge but my yard gets a lot of shade. Is there anything I can grow? I'm desperate!" Sound familiar? This is a very common question, so you are not alone.

InstantHedge in April GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 04/16/2019

Picture this: It's late March. Shrubs and trees stand leafless under a gray sky. You turn your eyes and suddenly notice that the landscape is lit by a bright stretch of golden hedge. Upon closer inspection, you see that the gold hue comes from tiny flowers covering the branches of a Cornelian cherry.

InstantHedge in UpShoot Press Release

Posted 03/19/2019

March 2019 — InstantHedge took the design/build market in the United States by storm in 2018, debuting 20 varieties of precision-trimmed and packaged, ready-to-plant 3-4’ and 5-6’ hedges. In the fall the company expanded with a line of 18” boxwood panels for instant borders, knot gardens and patios.

InstantHedge Article in March GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 03/14/2019

Creating a garden that is either beautiful or utilitarian is simple. Creating a garden that is both beautiful and utilitarian is tricky. There is a key secret for making this possible, and I'm about to let you in on it: use hedges to create garden rooms.


InstantHedge in February GardenSmart Newsletter

Posted 02/19/2019

With living spaces getting smaller and smaller, while our need for plants growing around us gets greater and greater, container gardening has become an extremely important landscaping tool.


InstantHedge used in This Old House

Posted 01/21/2019

In partnership with the talented architects at Union Studio, the incredibly gifted craftsmen of Sweenor Builders, and our valued Sponsors and Contributors, we are excited to unveil our 2018 TOH Idea House in Narragansett, Rhode Island. This 2,700-square-foot Craftsman-style cottage features abundant built-ins, a guest quarters over the garage, and dreamy spaces for outdoor “staycation” living. Scroll down to take a video tour, check out inspirational galleries, enter the Idea House Sweepstakes, and read more about the products and services you’ll find inside and outside this beachtown bungalow.


Article Featured in GardenSmart January Newsletter

Posted 01/18/2019

A great knot garden is like a great wine: nice at first, but as it matures it takes on complex, sometimes unexpected characteristics that enchant and delight the senses.
Do you dream of having one of these charming gardens, but you're not sure where to start? We are here to guide you, step by step.


InstantHedge Featured in Washington Gardener

Posted 12/17/2018

The December 2018 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is out.

Inside this issue:

  • 25+ of the Best Japanese Maples for Winter Interest
  • Visiting the North Carolina Arboretum
  • Your Garden Task List
  • Fabulous Flavorful Fava Beans
  • Trees Matter to Bees and Local Business
  • DC-MD-VA Gardening Events Calendar
  • Meet Joe Howard: The Big Tree Man
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    Digger Magazine Features InstantHedge

    Posted November 26, 2018

    Living screens are as versatile as they are varied. They hide the neighbors, block ugly views, provide backdrops and create garden rooms.

    Originally, though, screens were used to hem in livestock. When humans made the leap from hunter-gatherers to start an agrarian lifestyle, they prevented animals from wandering by using living screens left behind as they cleared the land for planting. In ancient Roman times, the practice became more structured as farmers planted their own shrubs to mark property lines and keep animals in line.


    InstantHedge featured in Garden Center Magazine

    Posted November 9, 2018

    Each InstantHedge is an evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times each year using GPS tracking equipment to provide extraordinary density. Revolutionary technology ensures precision, accuracy and delivery of a consistent product. The hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years, not just dropped in the ground.

    InstantHedges arrive on site in sturdy biodegradable cardboard boxes ready to plant, and easy to maneuver with loading equipment. The result? Instant privacy and design features in 3-4' and 5-6' heights.

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    InstantHedge Article in GardenSmart Newsletter

    Evergreen: check. Deer resistant: check. Full sun: check. Full shade: check. Hardy to Zone 4: check. Easy to maintain: check. Can be pruned to any shape: check. What more could you ask for?

    The above cannot be said for many plants! For these reasons, boxwood (Buxus sp.) has remained the most popular shrub grown in the U.S. and worldwide for centuries. Boxwoods can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions. They are slow growing and have lush, easy-to-shape evergreen foliage, making them especially useful for low borders, knot gardens, and topiaries.

    InstantHedge in the Hartley-Botanic Magazine

    Posted October 15, 2018

    Recently, while walking through the aisles of the Independent Garden Center trade show in Chicago, I discovered a product I’d never seen before—containerized hedges. A row of neatly sheared plants outlined the booth. Clearly, they were field-grown and root pruned, their branches naturally intermingling. It was a living privacy wall you could buy.

    It would take years and plenty of effort to grow a hedge like this. This one could be delivered to your doorstep and, depending on the length, planted in an afternoon. For everyone whose back garden has suddenly been invaded by a towering house next door, or for those who need the design control of a clipped boxwood right now, here was the answer. I had to know more.

    Horticulture Magazine Newsletter Features InstantHedge

    Posted October 10, 2018

    What if you could instantly enjoy privacy, instantly create an evergreen screen, or instantly plant a knot garden that’s garden-tour ready? You can! Introducing InstantHedge: real living, thriving trees, sold in pre-formed, pre-spaced panels for easy planting.

    They are truly instant, living hedges! Each InstantHedge is a lush, evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times yearly via GPS tracked equipment to provide extraordinary density. Revolutionary technology from the Netherlands ensures precision, accuracy, and delivery, of a consistent, thriving product. Once they’re in your garden, the hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years, not just dropped in the ground, and they’re ready to hit the ground running, continuing to grow and thrive for years.