Contrary to what happens for traditional hedges, mixed hedges are made up of plants belonging to different species; generally we try to create a screen to the outside world, but using plants with variously colored foliage, with different development, with blooms in alternating periods of the year. In this way the hedge becomes a real decorative element of the garden, and comes alive with colors and movement. There mixed hedge more banal and undemanding, it consists of 3-4 different species of similar evergreen plants, or in varieties of the same plant, with different colored foliage, placed in sequence. But these rigidly organized structures can be replaced by beautiful mixed borders, consisting of evergreen plants, mixed with deciduous shrubs; low species, combined with saplings, and so on, obtaining greater dynamism and scenic effect. The intent is to produce a border that recalls nature.
The choice of plants
While for a traditional hedge it is sufficient to choose a single species of shrubs, for the mixed hedges It is necessary to organize a sort of elongated flowerbed, inside which to place different plants, but which can live close together, improving the overall effect of the structure. It is fundamental to choose plants that have the same needs in terms of climate, watering, fertilizing and soil, or there is a risk that some plants will vegetate perfectly, while others suffer. For example, if we love hydrangeas and want to put them in our mixed border, it is important to remember that many hydrangea species need acid soil, and therefore we must choose all the other plants of the hedge among the acidophilic ones. In choosing shrubs it is also important to consider how close they are, and the development they will have; already in the nursery try to align the plants, in order to see the effect that each one placed in proximity of the others has.