Manicured hedges carved into fancy geometric shapes, flowing archways or topiary animals can add a real sense of style to your property. These are delightfully fun and easy to create with thick foliage varieties like Taxus baccata (yew) or Buxus (box). These hardy evergreens offer elegance year-round.
Trimming once annually in mid to late summer will keep them neat and tidy, while trimming once in June and once in August will maintain crisp lines all year long.
Yew is a timeless favourite for formal hedging. It can be trained to different heights to suit your needs. Happy in sun or shade, the only no-no is waterlogged, compacted soil.
If you have the choice, buying bare-rooted plants under two-foot-tall will give best results – these tend to establish well and grow into healthy, full bushes quickly once in position, but they can be expensive and slow growing.