GARDEN HEDGES - " A hedge between keeps friendships green"!
Imagine a garden without hedges ? Impossible I say! Growing up in South Africa, with a mother who loved her garden, hedges were only used to mark boundaries, and not incorporated into the overall design. Most gardens then were crammed with flowering annuals, perennials and shrubs! Initially our garden here at South Acres was also crammed full of perennials and shrubs, but over time, I have tried to simplify the garden. Hedges create form and style to a garden and are such an important part of the initial planning. They become the "bones" of a garden during winter, when the evergreen hedges still provide the green structure and tracery, within which the dormant garden quietly sleeps.
|Laurel on the right and Buxus on the left.. bordering the rose garden|
I have never measured this hedge - but it's definitely no shorter than 100m !
The garden at South Acres is almost 5 years old. We have wonderful soil and a very good rainfall and so everything has grown incredibly fast.
|Pleached Silver Pears at the entrance|
|Buxus and Laurel and herb garden in the foreground|
|The pleached Lime walk (Tilia Cordata) and Buxus beneath.|
|The long winding Hornbeam hedge with Buxus at it's feet in the foreground|
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