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Find out which hedge plant is the right one for your design! Today, we are discussing our favorites and have included the habits, merits and advantages of each one. From low-maintenance shrubs to the best flowers, we’ve picked our favorites to make your choice easier! Call us to check on availability or check our online inventory.

Assorted Potentillas

Height: 2-4 feet

Spread: 2-4 feet

Potentillas (or cinquefoils) are lovely perennial shrubs that produce beautiful blooms, even late into the summer. Their striking blooms attract beneficial insects, pollinators and other admirers. These plants work well as a natural shrub but not as a sheared shrub. They look great in their natural state so let them fill out, bloom and light up your yard. They are fairly easy to grow, requiring regular water and average soil.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Greenspire’

Height: 6-12 feet

Spread: 2-4 feet

This dense evergreen shrub makes a marvelous hedge. Its dark green, lush foliage forms a thick wall, while it’s columnar, multi-stemmed shape provides height and interest. It’s tough and adaptable, tolerant of a variety of soils, and can abide heavy pruning and shaping. ‘Green Spire’ makes for a well-behaved, low-maintenance hedge.

Escallonia exoniensis ‘Fradesii’

Height: 5-6 feet

Spread: 6-8 feet

This broadleaf evergreen boasts attractive glossy green leaves and deep pink flower clusters, that open in midsummer. When the weather is warm, the leaves give off a sweet fragrance. It’s adaptable to pruning and shaping, making it a topiary delight. However, this shrub is native to South America and is therefore less hardy than some. It needs full sun and thrives best in mild year-round temperatures: zones 8-11.

Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’

Height: 6-9 feet

Spread: 4-6 feet

The Waxleaf Ligustrum is a pleasant, vigorous evergreen shrub with an upright, dense growth habit. Its oblong dark green foliage makes for a lovely, sheared hedge. It’s quite tolerant of a variety of weather and soil conditions, so it is a good choice for just about any Northwest landscaping (east or west of the Cascades). In late spring, white flowers bloom from between the waxy leaves, attracting pollinators.

Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’

Height: 3-4 feet

Spread: 3-4 feet

The Shirobana Spirea brings character and color to your hedge. With flowers blooming in three colors (shades of white, pink and red), this beauty lights up against the background of slender, green foliage. This smaller, deciduous shrub appears to be more delicate and lovely but is still an easy, hardy shrub to maintain.  Shirobana prefers full sun and is tolerant of poor soils, though it prefers well-drained fertile soil.

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’

Height: 6-8 feet

Spread: 6-8 feet

The Schipka Cherry Laurel is an attractive broadleaf evergreen shrub with long, slender leaves. The dense, dark-green foliage resembles Rhododendrons but the plant is better suited to hedge formation. This shrub forms a wonderful screen, without completely blocking the view. White fragrant flowers in spring accentuate its handsome features. It is tolerant of shade and cold temperatures, thriving in many conditions.