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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.
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Schmidt
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Sizes
Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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Containers
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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Installation
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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Urban Gardens

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Urban Gardens2021-01-12T06:31:15+00:00

Urban gardens come with their own unique challenges—function and versatility in a design plan are prioritized, along with a desire for plants and design components to be multi-functional as well as beautiful. Installing urban garden ideas are a practical way to increase the versatility of urban space while rising to the challenge of creating an attractive design in smaller, more confined green spaces.

Small gardens, patios, and balconies, even the creation of courtyards and green roofs are all enhanced with hedges. When urban property owners are confronted with smaller ‘natural’ spaces in densely packed areas, hedges can be used to create diverse, multi-functional spaces in a variety of design plans.

For example, a few urban gardens using low boxwood hedge to create a courtyard within an existing space, and to use different heights of hedges to make distinct spaces in smaller gardens and plots.

Many hedges thrive in planters and containers, making them excellent choices for patios and balconies. Using hedge shrubs and trees in containers allows for easy care and maintenance, ideal for smaller spaces.

Potted hedges can soften the structurally rigid edges of corners found inbuilt courtyards and patios, and placing hedges in containers allows the urban property owner greater planting versatility. Implementing some urban garden ideas can increase the number of shrubs and trees in their landscape to increase biodiversity – such a vital practice in our cities.

Urban Gardens

Hedges can also be layered into planters and containers, allowing for a customizable density for urban gardens. Densely layered container-grown hedges can have a similar practical effect as traditionally grown hedges being used as noise buffers, privacy screens and wind/shade barriers.

Growing hedges in containers and planters are a practical way to make use of otherwise uniquely challenging spaces: everything from narrow parking strips to pet areas can benefit from hedge installation as either privacy screens or simply increasing the aesthetic impact of ‘green’ space. Hedges are suitable in both home and commercial gardens.

Urban spaces with existing structures (fences, walls, poles) can be enhanced with hedges planted against them, acting as an attractive visual screen for structures that can’t be otherwise removed or covered. Many hedge varieties can be eventually grown to cover entire walls, with careful pruning to reveal windows and doorways, and urban designers can choose from a wide variety of blossoming/floral or otherwise visually impactful foliage for coverage appropriate to the structure being covered.

Urban gardening hedges are also easily installed on ‘living’ or ‘green’ roofs, which would benefit from the use of a hedge as a privacy screen.

Urban Garden Ideas for Using Hedges in Urban Landscapes:

  • Incorporate small-scale privacy screens in planters or containers.
  • Hedges can cover permanent structures the property owner is unable to remove.
  • The use of hedges in containers allows the designer to use more of a variety of different hedge plants — creating a diverse aesthetic display and improving biodiversity
  • Create a green space instantly on otherwise unsightly features, such as parking strips.
  • Hedges can be used to create screens and rooms in smaller spaces, making an otherwise limited space multi-functional.
  • Even small balconies can carry an InstantHedge, allowing the property owner to create immediate privacy in a small space by using urban gardening ideas.

URBAN GARDENS GALLERY

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Multiple types of hedges are used in this backyard garden to create layers and thus make the landscape seem larger.

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This elegant yew (Taxus) hedge not only provides an effective screen but also creates an elegant backdrop for an outdoor living area.

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This elegant yew (Taxus) hedge not only provides an effective screen but also creates an elegant backdrop for an outdoor living area.

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Where homes are fairly close to each other, a well-placed hedge like this yew (Taxus) can make your outdoor space more inviting.

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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is used to make this narrow city lot seem more secluded.

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A serene backdrop is created by using European beech (Fagus sylvatica) for privacy on this city lot.

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A small patio space beside this suburban home effectively extends the living area of the home by using an InstantHedge along with a trellis/arbor for a roof of vining plants!

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Beech hedges can easily be grown in planters anywhere, including patios, balconies, and green roofs.

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Both a boxwood (Buxus) hedge and a darker green yew (Taxus) hedge are at home in this well-designed modern landscape.

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A thick, dense, privacy hedge like English Laurel provides privacy and blocks road noise to create a quiet outdoor patio area even for urban homes.

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Urban businesses gain instant curb-appeal with a tidy, uniform boxwood hedge encircling their building.

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Beech hedges add beauty, privacy, and quiet to public parks.

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This modern outdoor area feels like a secluded resort even though it is in a busy suburban area.

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Even urban dwellings have have a private patio for summer gatherings when surrounded by a tall beech hedge.

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Dress up a simple bike rack by adding a green beech hedge behind it.

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