Living Walls / by Brooke

I love living walls or hedges.  They add so much texture and personality to a space and are a classy alternative to a boring old fence.  They help define your outdoor "rooms" better and block unwanted views.  

Imagine these European Hornbeams over a chain link fence:

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Here are a few good options for hedges or living walls:

Peking Cotoneaster.  These make great hedges with a little bit of pruning.  They can have that nice, formal shape.

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Dogwoods are also nice:

Ivory Halo Dogwood

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Or Hedegrow Gold Dogwood

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Here is the Hedegrow Gold bordering the property line of a landscaping job we did a few years ago.  It has filled in much more now.

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Grass can also make a great hedge.  I like Miscanthus Sinensis.

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Get the full effect here:

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Love this look.  Are you convinced yet?