report

Best of Ornamental Flowering Hedge Plants

Hedge plants provide the privacy that you need or form a beautiful border for your garden. It is easy to plant and maintain hedge plants when you choose the right plants based on what you want.

Think about what type of hedge plants you want, the effort that you have to put in to maintain the hedge and check whether the soil condition is well suited for the plants to grow, flourish and form a hedge.

Presenting the best of ornamental flowering hedge plants -

Forsythia Flowers
Forsythia Flowers | Source

Golden Bells (Forsythia x intermedia spectabilis)

Forsythia x intermedia spectabilis commonly known as Golden Bell is a hybrid garden variety derived by crossing Forsythia suspensa and Forsythia viridissima. It is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of 8 - 10 feet with a spread of 10 - 12 feet in width. The flowers are yellow in color and blooms from early to mid spring.

The flowers are bright yellow in color. These plants grow well in areas that receive a maximum amount of sunlight during the day. Forsythia plants need well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. They grow very fast and spread rapidly.

Watering these plants regularly help them to flourish and bloom to its full capacity. Forsythia x intermedia spectabilis should be pruned right after flowering.

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon | Source

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

Hibiscus syriacus is a deciduous shrub that blooms through summer and fall season up until it gets frigid. It is also referred to as the Rose of Sharon, Chinese Hibiscus, and the Althea shrub.

The flowers of this plant are colorful, cup-shaped and bloom in colors of blue, pink, red, lavender, purple and white depending upon the plant variety. Most varieties of the Rose of Sharon plant grow up to 6 -10 feet tall.

Hibiscus syriacus is easy to maintain hedge plant. They have to be planted in spring. Dig a hole just as deep as the root ball of the plant with a width of 2 – 3 cm. Plant them 6 to 10 feet apart. Prune the hedges in early spring. Remove dead, diseased and broken branches for a flourishing growth.

Though Hibiscus syriacus is a slow bloomer and appears late in the season, and it has a long bloom time. Prune this plant in spring to encourage more flowering.

Nanking Cherry
Nanking Cherry | Source

Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa)

Nanking cherry is also known as Manchu Cherry, Chinese Dwarf, and Downy Cherry. The scientific name for the Nanking Cherry is Prunus tomentosa.

Nanking Cherry, native to China is a medium to a large deciduous shrub that produces juicy small, shiny, red berries in late May to early June. These berries can be eaten plain or used to make pies, jams or jellies.

The Nanking Cherry is a hardy shrub that grows well in full sun and can tolerate shade. These plants grow to a height of 6 -10 feet with a spread in the range of 15 feet in width. It flourishes in well-drained soil, can tolerate drought and can grow in semi-arid conditions.

The Nanking Cherry blooms in early spring with pink buds and pale pink or white flowers. It is a hardy shrub that can tolerate cold winters, hot summers, and drought.

The Nanking Cherry does not self-pollinate, two or more shrubs must be planted near each other to ensure cross-pollination. It can be pruned in winter and can be made to bloom indoors in early spring.

When planting, the Nanking Cherry dig the hole 2 feet wider than the root system. Plant them 4 – 5 feet apart depending on how dense you want the hedge to be. The depth of the hole must be must be slightly deeper than the root system. Water the plant once a week.

Viburnum carlesii (Korean Spice)
Viburnum carlesii (Korean Spice) | Source

Korean Spice (Viburnum carlesii)

Viburnum carlesii are also known as Korean Spice viburnum. It is a low maintenance, deciduous shrub native to Korea. It grows to a height of 4-6 feet with a lateral spread in the range of 4 – 7 feet wide.

The Korean Spice viburnum plant flourishes in well-drained soil and needs full sun to partial shade for best growth conditions. The leaves of this plant are dark green that turns attractive shades of red in fall.

The flowers are fragrant, white in color and blooms from March to April. Buds are red in color and as they open the buds transforms to a beautiful pink color and slowly changes to white in full bloom.

The flowers are grouped together in snow-ball like clusters. In late summer after pollination Koreanspice viburnum flowers produce berry-like drupe fruits.

Hydrangea
Hydrangea | Source

Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Hydrangea is a perennial plant that flowers in a range of beautiful colors such as blue, pink, red, lavender and dark purple depending on the variety. They grow up to 3 -9 feet tall. They are shade-loving plantings that flourish shaded from the sun and strong winter winds.

The color of the flowers of the plant Hydrangea macrophylla depends on the cultivar and acidity of the soil.

The flower buds form in late summer and flower later on in the following, so it is best to avoid pruning after August 1.Cut and remove dead wood in fall or very early spring.

In alkaline soil with a pH above 6.0, the plant produces red or pink flowers and Hydrangeas that are grown in acidic soil pH below 6.0 produce blue or lavender flowers. The color of the flowers cannot be controlled by pH of the soil across all species of Hydrangea.

Hydrangeas should be planted about 3 – 10 feet apart in a hole three times the width of the root ball. During dry conditions water the Hydrangeas once a week. Add one inch of compost or manure once a year. The best time to plant Hydrangeas is during fall. Prune the Hydrangeas when they seem overgrown and need to be cut.

There are two groups of Hydrangeas the plants that bloom on new growth or this year's stems and plants that grow on old growth or the last years stem.

Hydrangea macrophyla bloom on last year's growth or old stems.The buds of Panicle Hydrangeas and Smooth Hydrangeas form in early summer on new growth and will flower each year without any special care.

Which one is your favorite hedge plant?

  • Forsythia
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Nanking Cherry
  • Hydrangea
  • Korean Spice
See results without voting

References

http://plantintroductions.net/lagerstroemiaselections.html

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/gardening/growing-trees-shrubs-grasses/top-10-flowering-shrubs/?7

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=351

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/trees/handbook/th-3-11.pdf

http://hort.uconn.edu/detail.php?pid=521

http://www.almanac.com/plant/hydrangea

More by this Author


15 comments

whonunuwho profile image

whonunuwho 3 weeks ago from United States

Beautiful flowers and plants and very interesting work my friend. whonu


always exploring profile image

always exploring 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

I love all the flowers you have highlighted here. Before I downsized to a smaller home I had the forsythia and hydrangea in many colors. I've never planted any, so your instructions on planting was helpful. Thank you. Well done...


billybuc profile image

billybuc 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

Very pretty and a nice reference guide, Vellur. Thank you!


Vellur profile image

Vellur 3 weeks ago from Dubai Author

whounwho thank you for your visit and comment.

always exploring it must have been lovely to have Forsythias and Hydrangeas in different colors.

billybuc thank you for your visit and comment.


Jackie Lynnley profile image

Jackie Lynnley 3 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

Rose of Sharon is my favorite and I have about three different ones but some white with scarlet centers are my prettiest and they are just gorgeous. Maybe because the blooms are so much bigger than on the other trees. I just have to stop and stare at them every time I go by.

Happy Birthday again! Many many more.


AliciaC profile image

AliciaC 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing an interesting hub, Vellur. I always enjoy learning about plants. The photos are lovely and the information is useful.


Vellur profile image

Vellur 3 weeks ago from Dubai Author

Jackie Lynnley thank you:). Rose of Sharon is a beautiful flower and it must be great to look at them every day.

Alicia C am glad you enjoyed reading about these plants, thank you.


MsDora profile image

MsDora 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

These all make very beautiful hedges, but I'd love to see the hydrangea hedge in a variety of colors. Thanks for the very helpful information and for the beautiful views.


Vellur profile image

Vellur 2 weeks ago from Dubai Author

MsDora thank you for your visit and comment. Different hybrid varieties of Hydrangeas are available, the color depends on the variety you choose.


Nell Rose 9 days ago

Beautiful hub! and its lovely to read about plants and flowers that I know nothing about. I don't have a garden so I am useless at knowing the various plants. really interesting, nell


Vellur profile image

Vellur 9 days ago from Dubai Author

Nell Rose thank you and am glad you enjoyed reading about these beautiful plants.


FlourishAnyway 8 days ago

I love hydrangeas and have had them in my yard for many years. My favorite color is purple. I love the fact that you can manipulate their color withsoil quality.


Vellur profile image

Vellur 8 days ago from Dubai Author

FlourishAnyway hydrangeas are beautiful, purple is my favorite color. It is great to have them in your yard, they add a pop of color.


MartieCoetser profile image

MartieCoetser 4 days ago from South Africa

Beautiful hedge plants. It is important to make the right choice when buying a hedge plant.


Vellur profile image

Vellur 2 days ago from Dubai Author

MartieCoetser thank you and yes one has to make the right choice when buying a hedge plant.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article

    Menu

    Resources