How to make a mixed hedge with the most suitable plants based on the effect you want to achieve. Tips for making an informal mixed hedge.
In the classic Italian garden, the most common is theformal hedge, that is, onehedgemonoculture,made with a single cultivar. Theremixed hedgeit's ainformal hedge, that is, made up of different plant species.
The formal hedge has this characteristics:
- It forms a homogeneous evergreen barrier
- Made up of a single plant species
- It should be pruned in a geometric shape
Theremixed hedgeit is instead given by different species, which can be aborean or shrubby, eitherevergreenthat undressing. Thecharacteristics of a mixed hedgeI'm:
- It does not necessarily have a homogeneous shape
- It is made up of several species
- It can be given by plants that differ greatly in shape, color or size
- The barrier made by mixed hedge plants has irregular outlines
- Blooms and fruit or berry production are scalar
- Pruning and fertilization interventions are targeted
There mixed hedge has a big advantage over the "formal hedge", being less monotonous, you can create points of interest that can attract the eye or enhance an area of the garden.
How to make a mixed hedge
It starts with the choice of plants to grow to grow the informal mixed hedge. The beauty ofmixed hedgesis that there are no rules. To choose hedge plants, consider objective factors such as the space you have available and the geographical area. Also choose plants based on your expectations: prefer oneevergreen mixed hedgeor are you satisfied with tree or shrub species that perhaps when they lose their leaves produce ornamental flowers and fruit?
Plants to be evaluated include:
- Ash trees
Before planting, it is important to know wellplants. Try to see them live: study their foliage and mass. Always keep in mind the size of an adult specimen of the species you choose.
Having a clear idea of the characteristics of the plant, you will be able to choose with more confidence. The aim should be to createleaf motifsisdifferent textures. Maybe you can alternate darker leaves with plants with lighter pains.
You will also have to pay attention to the posture: trees that grow with globular foliage, can be combined with tall saplings followed by other plants with compact posture and finally bushy shrubs. A play of height, shapes and colors that will not go unnoticed.
Informal mixed hedge
There is no need to use too many different species, especially if space is limited. If your hedge is 20 meters long, limit yourself to choosing 6 - 8 different species, to get an informal but well-kept appearance, plant the plants in groups of 3 or 5. More repeated specimens can create a messy but harmonious pattern.
Before aiming for onemixed mediterranean hedgeor a mixed hedge with onepre-established plant composition, find out about your area. What are the native species that grow in your geographic area? Native plants need less care because they adapt better to your climate and do not clash with the landscape.
Other selection criteria for plants can be blooms. If you want oneflowering hedge, you can choose flowering plants so as to have notes of color throughout the year in different areas of the garden. The plants that bloom in the same period, should be planted in different areas and not next to each other, so as to create two patches of colors distant from each other.
Also pay attention to the soil, azaleas and camellias want acidic soil, while an elder or holm oak prefer heavier soils. If you decide to prepare onemixed hedge, also be prepared to have to perform different care for the plants!