Are you tired of seeing the same boring, green hedges in all of the yards in your community? Perhaps it is time to choose something different for your own hedges. These three flowering shrub varieties make excellent hedges, and they're sure to add some color (other than green) to your landscape.
Dwarf Crepe Myrtle
There are many, many varieties of crepe myrtle trees. The larger ones won't make good hedges simply because they grow so tall, but any variety considered a dwarf crepe myrtle should work well for a hedge. Some varieties to consider include Velma's Royal Delight, which reaches about 4 - 6 feet in height and has magenta flowers, and Pocomoke, which reaches 3 - 4 feet in height and has bright pink blooms.
In general, crepe myrtles tolerate droughts well, and they prefer to get plenty of sunlight. The more sun your crepe myrtle gets, the more it will bloom. They do need to be pruned often when young in order to establish a proper shape, but once they are established, an annual pruning in early spring should be sufficient.
Viburnum are evergreen plants, so they will add a splash of greenery to your landscape even in the dead of winter. They typically have fluffy, white flowers that emerge in the spring. Some varieties' flowers have a pink flush to them. When looking for a viburnum species for a hedge row, options to consider include Summer Snowflake and Hobblebush. Both can be trimmed to the height you prefer.
Most viburnums thrive in full sunlight, though they can tolerate some shade. Their blooms will be most plentiful when planted in well-drained, mildly acidic soil.
This unique shrub is name for its peeling bark, but its main attraction is certainly its white, cup-shaped flowers. It is known to attract butterflies and birds, which should make for plenty of entertainment. Ninebark grows to about 6 - 10 feet tall and prefers acidic, well-drained soil. However, it is very easy to care for since it tolerates a drought and only needs to be pruned once a year.
If you prefer yellow foliage to green, look for a variety of ninebark known as "Dart's golden ninebark." Its leaves are light yellow in the spring and turn to a darker yellow-green later in the season.
To learn more about these and other flowering hedge options, speak with a landscaping contractor in your area, such as Maddox Garden Center & Landscaping, Inc.