There are many situations in which you might want a fast-growing hedge. For example, you have just built a house or removed a hedge in your garden. In this scenario, you want a hedge that can quickly provide privacy. Fortunately, there are several such hedges that can be grown year-round.

How fast a hedge grows depends on its species. Hornbeam, copper beech, and field maple are suitable for fast-growing hedges. Under the right circumstances, they grow between 15 and 20 inches a year. If you want a semi-evergreen or evergreen hedge, go for thuja. It grows about 11 inches per year. As a rule, the wild species of the mentioned plants grow faster. 

Remember that each hedge plant is different. Some provide better privacy, others are perfect against the wind, and still others are just more beautiful.

As diverse as their functions are, their appearances are even more so. There are free-growing and trimmed hedges. From maple to ornamental apple, a wide range of plants is available. Which hedge fits into which garden depends on its size and location, and, of course, on the taste of the owner. The choice ranges from evergreen deciduous and coniferous hedges, for example, buxus or laurel, to thorn hedges such as sea buckthorn or hawthorn, and flower hedges such as forsythia or rose.

Whatever type of hedge you choose, it is important that the plants are sufficiently hardy. What good is the most beautiful hedge, if it freezes and dies after a few winters? Unfortunately, this often happens with laurel hedges. When choosing, you need to keep in mind the maintenance that will be required. There are hedges that need to be trimmed three times a year, otherwise, they will grow immensely. If you do not want that, you need to pay close attention to the selection. Some hedge plants can get by with minimal care.

Spring and autumn are considered suitable planting seasons for hardy fast-growing hedge. In these seasons, the plants have the best chance to grow quickly and survive the winter, that will eventually come. In summer, young plants would have to fight against the sun and lack of water in the rooting process, and against frost in winter. That’s when you should refrain from planting.

About the author
Adrian Byrne
I am Adrian Byrne, the owner of Hedging.ie and Laurehedging.ie. I have 20-year experience in the Horticulture industry and working with customers.

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