great options for hedges

 

We are often asked about a shrub that will create a good hedge or privacy screen for Calgary yards. Hedges are a greate way to create a natural fence without the expense of wood, chain, or vinyl fences.

Calgary's most common hedge
The most common hedge we see in Calgary is cotoneaster. This hardy shrub grows very well in cooler climates and winters well in Calgary. In fall you will see this hedge turn to a orange or edish color. The cotoneaser has small white/pink flowers in spring and berries in fall. It grows to a height of around 8' and needs to be trimmed to keep it at manageable heights of 5 ' or less. The cotoneaster can be planted tightly together to create and excellent natural fence for your yard. As well, you can choose to plant the cotoneaster with spaces in between and create very attractive globe shrubs or other shapes. This is a superb specimen for shaping.

 

 

 

Highbush Cranberry.
The american highbush cranberry is becoming more and more popular in Calgary. We recommend this shrub to many of our clients. The highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) is native to Alberta and a very acttractive ornamental shrub.It does produce fruit for tasty jellies but the abundance of seeds does not make for a good jam berry. The highbush cranberry likes moist soil and direct sunlight. You will see the highbush cranberry at most of your local nursuries in Calgary. This shrub does not do well when shaped so we would recommend using it for a natural looking hedge that you can trim ocassionally.

 

 

Other hedge plants
Other hedge plants are western sand cherry, potentilla, and lilacs. All of these plant varieties can be used as screenes or hedges but should not be shaped and only trimmed occassionaly. Lilac varieties like miss kim or dwarf korean will give you a beautiful blossoming hedge with a lovely perfume to welcome your guests or passersby. Potentilla come in many different varieties and blossoms in all sorts of colours including yellow, orange, mango, pink, and white. To learn more about different shrubs that grow well in Calgary's climate and some great hedge options, click here shrubs Calgary to view our shrub photos.


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