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A flowering hedge

Many of us have a hedge in the garden or on the terrace, small, large, huge, with thorns, evergreen; there are various types of plants suitable to constitute a hedge, even if evergreen plants are often used, characterized by a dense and dense foliage, so that it can perform one of the fundamental functions performed by a hedge, that is to serve as a dividing wall, by our neighbors, by a noisy road, between various parts of the garden.

Generally the most common plants such as hedge plants are not particularly beautiful decorative, they are simply the plants that more easily and quickly can form a screen, possibly lasting all year round.

However, it is not always necessary that our hedge is evergreen, and it is not always necessary that it is not decorative: there are many easy-to-grow plants, which can be used as hedges, and which, if properly cultivated, can also command us a rich decorative flowering .


Flowering hedges with deciduous leaves

Often our hedges delimit an area of ​​the garden, or are used to shade a very hot area in summer; it is not always necessary that the screen produced by the hedge be present all year round, there are many cases in which a deciduous hedge can serve its purpose very well, even if in winter it is leafless.

For example, many of us have the area near the barbecue shielded by a hedge, because when we prepare the barbecue with friends we prefer not to become a show for the whole neighborhood; or it happens to screen with a hedge the area near the swimming pool, or the sun bed. It is clear that these shields are fundamental in spring and summer, but in November we will hardly organize a barbecue, and equally hardly will we decide to devote ourselves to nudism in the garden, especially if we live in the middle of the Po Valley.

There are therefore many hedges that could easily be made up of deciduous plants, because their purpose of shielding is fundamental only during the summer.

In these cases, instead of using a very common evergreen hedge plant, we can choose deciduous species, perhaps that also have a beautiful and rich flowering.

The most classic are the forsythia hedges, the butterfly tree (buddleja), the Japanese quince (chaenomeles japonica) and the lilac (syringe); these are easy-to-grow shrubs, which can easily be grown alongside each other, without suffering damage due to frost, and which do not require special care. They are easy to find in the nursery, and in recent years particular varieties have been introduced, such as lilacs with flowers of stranger colors, including those with very dark flowers that have a candid edge.

Shrubs with a fairly compact development are also easy to find in the nursery, suitable in those cases where the hedge is a simple divider within the same garden, almost a border, but flowery; in this case abelie, weigelia, kolkwitzia, or even the widespread roses are used, in essence it is a valid floral substitute for common dwarf boxwoods.

Very beautiful and easy to grow all those deciduous shrubs with a beautiful spring bloom of pure white color, such as deutzia, amelanchier, spirea, raphiolepis, angel flower (philadelphus coronarius). Hydrangeas are also excellent for forming a hedge, although in general they do not become very large, or even the deciduous hibiscus, which continue to bloom throughout the summer.

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