Hedges

“I recently moved into a new house, and my neighbors aren't exactly what I dreamed of…What do you have in the way of quite fast growing shrubs for privacy?”

This is a common question year 'round. Privacy is important! One important thing to consider is that the faster something grows, the more you'll have to manage it. This means sometimes pruning 3 times a year! If you choose something that may take a little longer to fill in, it will require less work in the long term.

Rose Hedge

Print out this handy guide for selecting hedge plants: Hedges and Screens.

Guidelines for establishing hedges and screens.

Spacing: Plants could be placed close enough to fill in a single season, but this may lead to problems down the road from overcrowding. We recommend leaving a minimum of 2 feet between plants. If the plant grows 1 foot per year, space plants four feet apart.

Timing: The best time to plant hedge material is in spring for evergreens and fall for deciduous plants. A healthy hedge will take 2 - 3 years to fill in before you get a dense screen. Bamboo will be the same if clumps are planted 5’ apart.

Planting: We encourage planting in the cooler part of the day to alleviate st ress on the plants (and the planter). When planting a hedges, amend the soil with 1/3 compost to 2/3 soil. Dig your holes twice as wide as the container and a little deeper. Make sure the sides of the holes are not smooth like the inside of a pot. Tho roughly water the plants after planting.

Maintenance: Regular water is the primary element of a healthy hedge. We recommend watering slowly for an hour once a week. This is essential for the first and second years while the plants are getting settled. As the plants mature, infrequent, but deep watering in the hottest parts of the year are all that may be needed Fertilizing three times a year can create a screen faster. See the Information Desk for fertilizing and pruning details.

Arborvitae'

Thuja occidentalis: Arborvitae

Upright, narrow, low-maintenance. Prune for height but rarely width.

Problems: mites and breakage.

Boxwood

Buxus: Boxwood

Commonly used for low fence-like hedges, but can grow large over time. Slow growing. Prune once a year for shape.

Problems: smelly flowers, mites.

English Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus: English Laurel

Very fast growing shrub or tree, makes a dense screen. Prune two to three times a year!

Problems: high maintenance, on the city's nuisance plant list.

Euonymus japonicus 'Ovatus Aureus'

Euonymus japonica: Euonymus

Evergreen leaves can be green or a mix of green and gold or white. Moderate growth rate, prune once a year.

Problems: powdery mildew.

Privet

Ligustrum: Privet

Upright oval shape. Moderate growth rate. Prune once a year.

Yew

Taxus: Yew

Fat and soft green needles form a dense screen. Some Yews grow upright and narrow, others low and wide. Takes pruning very well and likes sun or shade. Moderate growth, prune once a year.

Unique Hedge Options

Bamboo

Bamboo

Evergreen grass-family of plants com in running or clumping forms. Running types must be contained, but fill in quickly. Clumping types grow slowly and are shrubbier. Prune once a year.

Problems: mites and containing running types is work!

Blueberries

Blueberries

Hedges that you can eat!.

Blueberries come in evergreen and deciduous types and grow between 2 and 6 foot tall. Prune once a year, if at all.

Problems: keeping birds from eating all the fruit!

Ceanothus

Ceanothus: Wild Lilac

Blue flowers and evergreen leaves, drought tolerant and fast growing. Grows wider than tall but prunes well. Flowers attract bees. Refer to our articles on Ceanothus and on Native Ceanothus.

Choisya ternata Lich

Choisya ternata: Mexican Orange

Green or gold evergreen leaves, white scented flowers. Grows 3' to 6'.

Nice choice for shade.

Columnar Apple Trees

Columnar Apple Trees

Columnar Apple Trees grow only 12' tall and 2' wide. See our article on Espaliered Fruit Trees.

Hinoki Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa: Hinoki Cypress

'Gracilis' or 'Well's Special'. Upright slender conifers with fan-like leaves. Grows to 25' x 6'.

Rosemary

Rosemary

Culinary hedges! Lavender flowers, 3-4' tall, smells delicious.

Viburnum

Viburnum

Many viburnum options will work. This one is Viburnum davidii: evergreen, white flowers, blue berries, 4' x 5- 6'. See our article on Viburnum.

Find the Perfect Shrubs for your garden

Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Abelia

Abelia

Natives

Arbutus: Pacific Madrone

Natives

Cornus sericea

Red Twig Dogwood
Natives

Corylus cornuta

Beaked Hazelnut
decid-rhod

Deciduous Azalea

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Banana

Banana

Buddleia

Buddleia: Butterfly Bush

Callicarpa

Callicarpa: Beautyberry

Camellia

Camellia

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

Natives

Native Ceanothus: Wild Lilac

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Flowering Quince
Chimonanthus

Chimonanthus: Wintersweet

Clethra

Clethra: Summersweet

Perennials

Coprosma: Mirror Plant

Cornus

Cornus: Red Twig Dogwood

Corylopsis

Corylopsis: Winter Hazel

Corylus

Corylus: Filberts & Hazels

Cotinus

Cotinus: Smoke Tree

Daphne

Daphne

Edgeworthia

Edgeworthia

Chinese Paper Bush
Elaeagnus

Elaeagnus

Silverberry & Goumi Berry
Gardenia

Hardy Gardenia

Natives

Gaultheria shallon: Salal

Hamamelis

Hamamelis: Witch Hazel

Heathers

Heathers & Heaths

Hebe

Hebe

Hedges

Hedges

Natives

Holodiscus: Oceanspray

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Itea

Itea: Sweetspire

Lagerstroemia

Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

Lonicera

Lonicera: Honeysuckle

Natives

Mahonia: Oregon Grape

Nandina

Nandina: Heavenly Bamboo

Natives

Osmaronia: Indian Plum

Palms

Hardy Palm

Natives

Philadelphus: Mock Orange

Bamboo

Phyllostachys: Bamboo

Physocarpus

Physocarpus: Ninebark

Natives

Native Physocarpus

Western Ninebark
Punica

Punica: Pomegranate

Natives

Rhamnus: Cascara

Ribes

Ribes: Currant

Natives

Native Ribes: Wild Currant

Natives

Rosa: Wild Rose

Natives

Rubus: Salmonberry

Willow

Salix: Willow

Sambucus

Sambucus: Elderberry

Natives

Native Sambucus: Elderberry

Sarcococca

Sarcococca: Sweet Box

Natives

Symphoricarpos: Snowberry

Lilac

Syringa: Lilac

Vaccinium

Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Natives

Native Vaccinium: Huckleberry

Viburnum

Viburnum: Arrowwood

Natives

Native Viburnum trilobum

Cranberrybush