Fencing ideas for your home or retreat – the hedge

A hedge around your home or retreat can frame the property in a beautiful, natural way. Besides beautiful decoration, the hedge can also serve a quite practical function. It can efficiently stop any unwelcome visitors – people or wild animals. Plus, your hedge is not so difficult to maintain in shape.

A hedge fence can take a long time to establish, but the natural beauty of this option is worth the patience and work. It takes just willingness and some advice from a specialist. With some garden shears and pruners, you can create wonderful shapes, which will make your hedge unique. Besides, getting creative with your hedge can provide long hours of relaxation and fun. If you’re not confident about your skills, you can always hire a specialist to trim the hedge for you.

Japanese barberry

What plants are best for a hedge? There are over 500 species of evergreen or deciduous plants, suitable for a hedge. Among the most commonly used are Japanese barberry and Sawara false cypress. The Japanese barberry has sharp spines, which provide a nearly impenetrable barrier. The Japanese barberry hedge grows 3 to 6 ft. There are different types of barberry, which bear foliage in shades of chartreuse, green, burgundy, and rosy red. The leaves develop golden, orange, and red hues in fall. In some area, the Japanese barberry is considered invasive, so it’s best to check to local regulations, before planting.

Sawara false cypress

The Sawara false cypress is sometimes called thread-leaf false cypress, because of its delicate-looking foliage. This is a slow-growing, evergreen plant, which usually grows 6 ft. in 20 years, but eventually matures at 20 ft. tall. There are different types of Sawara false cypress with slight variation in colors and plant forms.


You can create a really interesting hedge fence, if you combine different plant species or plants with different colors. If you want your hedge to grow thick and beautiful, trim for the first time at least one year after planting at 3 inches. This will help the hedge develop a strong root system.