Planting Hedges & Roses

Hedges

There are such a wide variety of hedge “types” that you can plant. These include boundary, edible, wildlife and flowering hedges.  The plants for each of these hedges varies enormously, and of course planting times will also vary. A flowering hedge will bring not only colour but also birds and bees to your garden. We look at some of the best plants for a flowering hedge.

If you are looking for some fragrant flowers with aromatic foliage Mexican orange blossom is a great choice. These plants need little pruning and will provide flowers during spring, summer and possibly autumn, with evergreen aromatic leaves. This is a firm favourite with the birds too.

If a wildlife hedge is your intent, then you don’t need to forego the colour. A hawthorn hedge which includes “Paul’s Scarlet” will provide clusters of pink-red double flowers in May, and later on in the year yellow leaf colours and small red berries.

For summer and autumn flowers, look no further than to a hardy fuchsia such as Riccartonii which will produce scarlet and purple flowers for months, and later in the year dark purple-red berries.

Whilst a flowering hedge does not need as much clipping as a more traditional privet or conifer hedge, the timing of when you clip your hedge is very important, as is how you clip. Using shears or power clippers immediately after flowering is the best you can do for your hedges.

There are such a wide range of choices for hedge plants – please check out Gardeners World for far more detail.

Roses

If you are looking for a “rose garden” have you thought about the various types of roses? Depending on the size and style of your garden, do you want rambling roses, climbing roses, ground cover or patio roses? Do you want your garden full of the scent of roses, or full of the variety of colour that can be found in roses?

Roses are one of the broadest group of plants and this allows them to be grown in many various situations, including borders, pots, containers or on a climbing arch.

piinky orange rose flowers

Plants are often not cheap and roses can be expensive plants, but if you plant them well, and look after them they will last for many years and as such are a great investment for the garden.

Care must be taken to choose the right roses for your needs, and when you plant them. Bare-root plants can be planted late autumn, or late winter to spring, but do not plant when the ground is frozen. Roses that you have bought in containers, or have grown in containers can be planted any time of the year, except in frozen or very dry conditions.

Whilst roses can be a very beautiful and highly scented part of your garden, roses can also suffer from a wide range of problems, so after-care is a vital part of supporting your flourishing plants.

There is such a lot of information on roses – the types, the planting, the after-care, the problems, that we suggest you visit the RHS Website to find the answers to any of your questions on roses.

As ever, when any foliage is newly planted, and to maintain optimum health across the year, watering is a vital element. Ideally, when you plan the site of your new hedge you should instal an automatic watering system. This is the easiest time to instal any garden irrigation systems, and of course it reduces your time and cost to give all plants the best chance to survive.