When we talk about ornamental hedges we speak of decorative plants used to delimit garden paths or to decorate the railings of the terraces. Depending on the geographical areas, the plants to be used can be different and you can choose between evergreen plants or between flowering plants. The most common hedge shrubs are certainly evergreen ones, such as laurel, laurel or privet, which have thick foliage even in the winter months. Precisely this characteristic, namely being green in every season, gives this type of hedge a highly decorative value, although very simple. In many cases, in fact, plants with deciduous leaves are preferred but which, at certain times of the year, offer a much more elegant and fragrant spectacle.
How to choose ornamental hedges
The choice of plants suitable for creating a perfect ornamental hedge to decorate your garden depends a lot on the space you have at your disposal, on exposure to the sun or weathering and, in the case of hedges in private gardens, by the taste of those who must plant. In the case of limited spaces, or elements to be used as roofs of more or less high walls, it might be useful to choose plants that occupy little space in width, but that offer a high aesthetic support and, if possible, are enriched with fragrant flowers . As in the case of the false jasmine, whose small white flowers can perfume large areas. Among the medium-flowering hedge plants a great ornamental effect is given to the hydrangeas, with their umbrella-shaped flowers of different colors depending on the soil in which they bloom.
Examples of ornamental hedges
When it comes to ornamental hedges, you don't necessarily have to think about tall bushes that prevent the view from the other side. Often the hedges, especially those that protect the flowerbeds of gardens or small avenues, can be made from small shrubs, such as butcher's broom, so sought after at Christmas, which creates an elegant contrast between the green of the leaves and the red of its berries . Who loves the scent of flowers, can find in lavender one of the most appreciated plants for the realization of an ornamental hedge that is very impressive and also very fragrant. The lavender flowers are, in fact, characterized by a fresh scent that makes the hedge created with these seedlings not only beautiful from the ornamental point of view, but also pleasant from the point of view of the fragrance they emanate.
The choice of colors of an ornamental hedge
The most effective ornamental hedges are certainly the mixed ones, which can offer a chromatic variation between leaves and leaves. Depending on the plants that come together, you can think of giving life to a colorful hedge, with colors that should never be chosen at random, not only to avoid contrasts of colors, which would make the view unpleasant, but above all to maintain a certain homogeneity in the typology, and therefore in the care to be offered to the hedge. Another solution is to choose flowers that bloom in different periods, to always have a colorful hedge with different colors. Still, very popular are the berry plants, also in this case to be mixed with different colors, remembering that for the most part they ripen in winter.