Shrubs for special purposes
For hedges: Bridal Wreath, Caragana, Cotoneaster, Deutzia, Evergreen, Honeysuckle, Japanese Barberry, Japanese Quince, Privet, Rosa Rugosa.
For border planting:
- Low growing: Anthony Waterer Spirea, Coralberry, Japanese Barberry, Slender Deutzia, Snowberry, Thunberg’s Spirea.
- Medium growing: Bridal Wreath, Deutzia, Rosa Rugosa, Van Houttei, Spirea, Yellow Flowering Currant.
- Tall growing: Bush Honeysuckle, Caragana, Forsythia, Lilac, Mock Orange or Syringa, Tartarian Honeysuckle, Viburn, Weigela.
For specimen use: Caragana, Dogwood, Flowering Almond, Japanese Quince, Redbud, Smoketree, Tamarix, White Fringe, Winged, Burning Bush.
For shady situations: Azaleas, Calycanthus, Coralberry, Dogwood, Hydrangea, Snowberry, Viburn.
For step banks: Coralberry, Dropping Forsythia, Japanese Barry, Prairie Rose, Regal Privet, Snowberry, Sumac.
Steps in Selecting and Maintaning Hedges
Locate hedge. Hedges may vary in height from a few inches to several feet, depending upon the effect and the purpose from a few inches to several feet, depending upon the effect and the purpose for which they are desired. They are commonly used for: boundaries between properties; boundaries around lawns, gardens, chicken yards, etc; ornamental borders along walk in gardens; screening unsightly views, fences, buildings, etc.
Select hedge plantings and secure stock. Take into account the following factors in making a choice: hardiness as to cold, drought, resistance to insects and disease, and the like; average height of growth for the best appearance-plants are usually most effective if maintained at about their natural growth; flower or fruits, if any-color, season appearance; foliage-color, permanence during growing season, response pruning for desired height and shape.
Prepare soil. Spade up the soil where the hedge is to be set to a depth of 1 to 18 inches. Apply well-rotted stable manure and mix it thoroughly with the soil to the depts of the spading. Pulverize the soil well to the bottom of the spading and make a compact fine root bed. If soil is very sandy or poor, remove a large portion of it and replace with good topsoil.
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Set out plants. Dig a trench in the prepared soil deep enough and wide enough to receive the roots with out crowding. Keep one side of the trench straight in alignment and cut squarely. Pile the earth on the opposite side. Place the plants in a row againts the square-cut side of the trench to make a straight line hedge.
Set plants at depth they grew before or a trifle lower. Privet may be set to the lower branches of the plant will be covered with earth when the trench is filled in. Tall-growing kinds are usually planted 3 to 4 feet apart medium growing. medium-growing kinds 2 to 3 feet apart, and low-growing kinds 12 to 18 inches apart.
Very low ornamental borders and privets are usually set closer. Work fine soil in well around the roots of each plant and tramp firmly. Prune at planting time according to variety. Privet hedge plants are usually cut back to about 1/3 of the original height.
Barberry and flowering hedges require little or no pruning at planting time. Prune very sparingly during the first year. Trim to desired shape and size when established. Privat hedges may be pruned as often as desired and in various shapes. Stop pruning in mid-autumn so that the new growth will harden before winter. Always keep the top of the hedge narrower than the bottom. Flowering hedges should be pruned lightly. Control insects and disease.