At Moore Farms we are always thinking outside the box especially when it comes to hedges. Traditional hedges are evergreen, 6 to 8’ tall by 2 to 4’ wide, and squared. However, this does not have to be the case. Hedges can be creative and exuberant while still providing a screen or a forced view.
For example, a sheared hedge of sweetbay magnolia ‘Tensaw’ and loblolly pine provides an excellent screen.
The use of the sweetbay magnolia ‘Tensaw’ in front of the loblolly pine adds depth and texture. The contrast between the sweetbay magnolia leaves and pine needles is striking.
The inspiration behind sheared pine trees comes from the topiary artist Pearl Fryar.
Another unique hedge in the garden is a bald cypress ‘Peve Yellow’ hedge which truly has multiple seasons of interest.
On February 19th 2008, 60 1-gallon plants were installed. You may be asking yourself how do I remember the exact date, and no my memory is not that good. Information such as planting date, size, number of plants, care notes and much more are added to our database which can be viewed via the website.
In June of 2008 the hedge was cut back to 6” to force branching.
The ultimate goal was to frame a view and separate two distinct parts of the garden.
In the fall the needles turn a rusty brown color adding a nice contrast to the color of the contorted mulberries in the background.
In the spring the needles emerge tennis ball yellow.
The hedge provides a nice framed view for the red leaved banana.
Four years after planting the hedge has filled in nicely and is a staple in the garden.
Wondering what the next hedge project at MFBG will be?
A hedge of southern magnolia ‘Kay Parris’ which will fit in nicely with our southern heritage plant collection.