Are you looking for vividly colored plants and shrubs to brighten your yard? By thinking ahead and strategically planning your landscape, you're sure to have something eye-catching and colorful for nearly every season. Find out what hedges to plant, according to their blooming times throughout the spring and summer.
Forsythia for Early Spring
Try the "Golden Bell" variety of forsythia as a hedge, and you'll be pleased with plenty of yellow flowers in early spring. These plants often flower before trees are even beginning to show their first spring leaves; it's a welcome treat after the dull hues of winter.
Boxwood for Spring
Boxwood makes a beautiful, formal-looking hedge that works well as a tall border for privacy or a short one if you're looking to create a maze effect in your garden. It can grow up to 20 feet tall and takes shearing and shaping very well.
Boxwood blooms in the spring, but its flowers are small and greenish-yellow, tending to blend in with the foliage. However, their lovely leaves and their resistance to disease and pests make them favorites with gardeners and landscapers.
Cherry Laurel for Spring
Cherry laurels are evergreen, with pretty, oval leaves and lovely white blooms. They are resilient and generally handle urban settings well, so they make excellent hedges. After they bloom, you'll see black berries popping out, giving the hedge extra visual interest.
Privet Hedge for Mid-Spring
Once the weather has warmed up in mid-spring, the privet hedge will release sweet-smelling white blossoms. The flowers add a lace-like effect to the hedge. You'll need to prune once flowering has waned, and then a few more times throughout the summer.
Longwood Blue Hedge for Summer
Longwood Blue plants are an incredible sight when you plant them one after another, as a hedge. They form a nice natural barrier, at a medium height. If you're looking for privacy, these flowering bushes may not be your thing; but for boundary definition and beauty, they're perfect.
Burning Bush Hedge for Spring and Fall
Burning bush hedges grow well in the Midwest. They have small yellow spring flowers, and in the fall their deep green leaves turn vivid red, which gives them their colorful name. These hedges require minimal care but can be invasive, to be sure to keep them trimmed and under control.
Most shrubs and bushes flower in the spring, so if you're looking for late-blooming fall plants, you'll need to focus your efforts on your flowerbeds. However, your hedges can be a focal point of the front or back yard throughout spring and summer. Contact Kurtz Bros., Inc. if you need landscaping supplies or support; our experts are always glad to assist.