Ornamental Mixed Hedges

Planting a New Hedge – or Improving an Existing Hedge?
Be bold – there are so many beautiful hedging options now available – hedging doesn’t have to be boring!

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Mixed Hedge – This ornamental mixed hedge is planted with Photinia Red Robin alternated with Grisselinia

Ornamental mixed hedges can be colourful, textural, evergreen tapestries  – above, is an alternate mix of Photinia Red Robin and Grisselinia Littoralis . This striking hedge is created using totally contrasting, yet complementary colours. These two hedging varieties, with their similar growth rate and adaptability will thrive equally well in windy, coastal areas as in the centre of town. Hedges provide great structure to the garden and can be planted with as much verve as your imagination allows – try using sweeping curves, the sharpest angles or undulating bends. The foliage colours can be just as innovative. Here, a much more delicate blend is achieved, by using a subtle mix of evergreen hedging varieties, the base is softened with a line of colour. The height and colour differentiations of the trees behind gently emphasise the tonal differences in the hedge.

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An Evergreen Mixed Hedge – these varieties displaying very delicate shades of green for this evergreen screen

Hedges are back in vogue and being re-introduced on a grand scale – finally we are all realising that green shrubs and trees, not only provide privacy on your boundary, but are a lifeline to wildlife, as nesting sites for birds, and encouraging pollinators by providing much needed nectar on the wing.
Let’s think about it for a moment – boundary walls are expensive to build and can be pretty stark structures, we then spend more money on climbing plants to cover them up. In most cases fences, although cheaper, are manufactured using precious natural resources and have a fairly limited lifespan, especially when the more flimsy fence panels are used.
Greening our living spaces with hedge plants is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is a practical and eco-friendly solution for enclosing boundaries.
Flowering Mixed Hedges – By including flowering evergreen shrubs, a beautifully lush and fragrant hedge can be created.

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Ornamental Mixed Hedge – using Camellias, Conifers and Pittosporum Silver Queen

Super fast growing Cupressus Leylandii can be used for shaping into an ornamental hedge and topiary, a clever use of geometric shapes as punctuation in this garden

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Fast Growing Cupressus Leylandii hedge is easily trimmed to shape

Choosing and planting an ornamental mixed hedge has never been easier – there are so many beautiful hedging plant varieties to choose from. If you have time to wait for your hedge to mature, plant smaller sized hedging plants that will grow, meld together and fill your space. For those that need instant privacy, there are a range of options – you can use mature trees to create an instant privacy screen or choose from the many fast growing hedging plants that will grow and develop super fast after planting.

How Can We Help?
If you have a particular hedging or screening issue, our expert team are on hand, ready to help and advise you – please contact us by email and do include images of your garden to illustrate, if that helps.

Paramount Plants & Gardens Ltd
131 Theobalds Park Road
Crews Hill
Enfield
London EN2 9BH
Tel: +44 (0)20 8367 8809
info@paramountplants.co.uk

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Salcombe Estuary View From Overbeck's Garden
Salcombe Estuary View From Overbeck’s Garden

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Blue Flowering Shrubs

Blue Themed Garden?
Whether you’re tempted to create a blue colour themed garden, or wish to provide continuity of colour through the seasons, choosing plants and shrubs by colour alone is sometimes a necessary requirement.  The coolness of blue flowering shrubs can be a foil, for hot contrasting colours such as yellow or orange, or will create an elegant understated design, when used with white and silver leaved plants and shrubs. Here, we’ve chosen some of our absolute favourite blue flowering shrubs, for their depth of colour and fragrance and it’s therefore no co-incidence that these shrubs will attract many pollinators into your garden.

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Blue Flowering Shrubs Attract Pollinators

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Rhododendrons

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Rhododendron Tree in London’s Holland Park, just beginning to flower now in mid-March


Rhododendrons
are surprisingly straight forward and accommodating plants to grow once a few basic conditions are met. They prefer acidic soil (which can be addressed by using an ericaceous compost), good drainage and moisture. Apart from this, Rhododendrons are low maintenance and do not need feeding or clipping and shaping. Being evergreen, they provide year round structure to the garden and when in full flower, few plants can match their splendour. Read more Rhododendrons