Summertime is when your garden is truly looking its best. All your hard work and time spent in the autumn, winter and spring, finally pays off!

While autumn – winter is the ideal time to be planting your hedges, summer is when you will see them flourish.

That said, it’s also the time when you will notice the most shaded areas of your garden. Which is why we have put together our most popular list of flowering hedges and ones suitable for planting in shaded areas.

So, if you’re thinking of transforming your garden ready for next summer, here’s what you should consider.

 

Choosing Hedges

When updating the boundary of your garden, hedges can often be overlooked. Fencing seems like the most obvious choice for homeowners but apart from offering a functional boundary, fences do very little else for your garden.

Hedges give your garden a stunning aesthetic that not only prevents noise pollution and blocks wind, but it also provides a great habitat for wildlife.

Hedges once planted require very maintenance costs compared with fencing. Fences will need replacing every few years and are susceptible to being damaged in the event of high winds. Whereas hedges may require trimming one to two times per year, this is only a time element rather than additional costs.

 

Flowering Hedges

You may think that all hedges are just plain green borders but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Flowering hedges are a fantastic option to add more colour and interest to your garden boundary. There is a wide selection of hedges to choose from that will flower if they aren’t clipped too neatly.

However, due to their need to grow larger to produce flowers we will only suggest choosing these if you have ample space. Otherwise, you risk it taking over your outdoor area.

Some of our favourite flowering hedges include:

Osmanthus burkwoodii 2 yr tr rec 1

Prunus lus. Angustifolia 2yr tr rec

Viburnum tinus RHB scaled 3

 

Hedges in Shade

If your garden doesn’t receive much sunlight, then you’ll need to find hedges suitable for being in shaded areas.

Fortunately, there is a wide variety of hedges to choose from that will flourish in shade.

Here are some of our top hedges suitable for shaded spaces:

Carpinus betulus 1 yr tr rec 2

Crataegus monogyna 1 yr tr rec 2

 

Garden Trends for Summer

One of the biggest trends for gardens this summer is creating your garden as an ‘extra room’ of your home.

By adding comfortable furniture, potted plants and even an outdoor rug, you can create the perfect outdoor living space. Sit amongst the beauty of nature, surrounding by your luscious green hedgerows and neatly mown lawn.

Another popular trend for summer is country gardens. If you live in a more urban area adding extra potted plants and shrubs can really give you a sense of a country home. Especially if you have your garden bordered with stunning hedges rather than rigid fence panels.

 

If you would like more help and advice on choosing the right hedges for your outdoor space, call our friendly team today 01386 750 585.