The low hedges are made up of shrubs that do not exceed 150-170 cm in height, thus allowing the view from one side to the other, without shielding the two areas. Usually they are used to outline the flower beds, or to divide the entire garden into several areas, positioning them between the lawn and the vegetable garden, between the vegetable garden and the barbecue area for example. Since they are not used to create a screen, they can be prepared using various types of plants, including deciduous, flowering, always green, according to your personal tastes. Although in general it would be possible to regularly prune any shrub to keep it low and compact, the plants with greater development tend to become more and more disordered and ugly if you don't let them grow according to their needs. For this reason, to prepare one low hedge compact shrubs or dwarf varieties are chosen.
Choice of plants
To produce one low hedge boxwood is typically used, in particularly dwarf and compact varieties, in order to produce a very dense barrier, but at most 40-60 cm high. But there are many other plants suitable for the purpose, such as the creeping varieties of cotoneaster or pyracantha, the dwarf berberis, the compact species there chamaecyparis; these are evergreen plants, with tiny and very decorative foliage, which arranged close together form a small compact barrier. If desired, you can also use deciduous plants, such as chaenomeles, abelia or compact varieties of forsythia or lilac, which in addition to rich vegetation, will also give you splendid blooms in spring. There are many compact species of plants with colored leaves, such as evonyms, holly with foliage from silver or golden yellow broth, ornamental conifers, with creeping growth. Clearly, the more the species you choose has a low development, the less you will have to engage in pruning to keep the hedge at the desired height.