Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden

A colorful hedge for a natural screen

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: early

A shapely garden hedge offers sufficient visibility and noise protection and many birds and small animals nesting and hiding places.

First, the question must be answered, whether you prefer an evergreen hedge, or whether the hedge plants may discard their leaves in winter.

On the one hand, the garden hedge becomes more translucent, on the other hand, you can gain valuable humus from the fallen leaves or use the foliage as a natural insulating layer in cold-sensitive bedding plants.

In addition to evergreen hedges, which do not lose their foliage even in winter, we recommend that you take to flowering shrubs, which allow in combination a colorful garden enclosure.

Here you can choose between early, summer and pronounced winter bloomers. The flowers are not only visually appealing, but also lure numerous beneficials in the garden.

We give below useful planting tips for a flowering hedge design.

Flowering hedge in your own garden

Flowering hedges are the ideal alternative to completely opaque and tall-growing hedge plants: With their branched shoots, they protect year-round enough from foreign eyes and are thanks to their shapely blooms temporarily the absolute eye-catcher in the garden.

If you also combine early and summer flowering trees, there is always something to discover.

If the flowering hedge is properly planted, it can even contribute to environmental protection: The flowers attract beneficial insects, such as bees, bumblebees and butterflies, into the garden, while the fruits serve as a source of food for many birds. In addition, small animals in a wild garden hedge find natural shelters and nesting sites.

But how does a hedge become opaque and when do the individual colorful specimens form? We have put together some popular flowering shrubs and important information on their location and growth conditions.

Tips for the right plant combination

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: summer

The winter hardy wing-spindle shrub (Euonymus alatus) prefers partially shady locations with well drained soil.

When designing hedges, it is important to have the perfect combination so that a colorful image is created all year round and beautiful flowers can be seen again and again. The goal is to create a varied hedge.

In this regard, you should already consider in advance how much space is available to you.

Once the length of the hedge has been determined, you can buy a corresponding number of plants.

Calculate for each running meter with at least one plant - unless the selected young plants are already over one meter high, so already a bit older, then a planting distance of about 90 cm to each side should be maintained to allow optimal plant growth.

Hint: The hedge looks especially natural, if not all plants are placed in a row, but the stronger growing ones are a bit back. In this way, they form a beautiful backdrop for smaller hedge plants or general bedding plants and perennials.

When choosing plants, you can fall back on different ornamental shrubs. These can be found in any well-stocked retailer and are usually supplied with well-rooted containers.

They quickly grow well and soon form a beautiful hedge. This is the ideal time to plant in autumn or early spring, so that the plants have already firmly grown before the new shoot and could form many new roots.

Plant garden hedge

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: summer

You want to create a garden hedge and are looking for useful tips? On our consultation page for the right hedge planting you will find interesting information and general planting tips for a fast-growing garden hedge, which also serves as a natural screen.

In addition, we present here the most popular evergreen and deciduous hedge plants and their specific location requirements.

Flowering hedges - an exemplary compilation

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: early

High-growth ornamental shrubs can also create colorful accents behind an already existing garden hedge.

We have developed an ideal plant combination for you for an approximately 18 m long garden hedge, which bears colorful flowers all year round. If your hedge is shorter, you can set accordingly fewer individual plants, but generally based on the example to find beautiful plant combinations that complement each other well or form very nice contrasts.

The basis are the classics among the flowering shrubs: The forsythia, blood currant and the mock orange grow all a little higher and form a good basis for a colorful hedge, which develops the first flowers already in early spring.

Then come, for example, a deutzie, weigela and Kerrie so that the planned hedge already measures 6 m. This is followed by the white-colored dogwood, the most prosperous linnaea amabilis and those who flourished in May astilbe on.

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: summer

The yellow-flowered forsythia in early spring is often planted as ornamental hedge.

Now follows about butterfly Bushwhich grows slightly larger overall - plant a dark-leaved, somewhat smaller Weigelie diagonally in front of it and finish this section with a filled one Lily of the valley shrub.

The most important spring messenger is the forsythia, which is an absolute eye-catcher with its yellow flowers - so it comes as a striking ornamental shrub in this design concept also deliberately twice before, so you can already enjoy a colorful garden in early March, when the rest of the nature is still largely hibernated.

Carefully separate the two plants so that the yellow shrubs shine in several places in spring. Somewhat earlier, for example, a weaker Weigelie is again set, while a red-leaved one Ninebark completes this segment.

The last section begins with a yellow-leaved dogwood, which forms bright flowers. Afterwards, plant about a beautiful Deutzia and finish the garden hedge with a snow-white sparrow - the hedge has finally reached 18 m.

Rock pear (Amelanchier)

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: flowering

The rock pear flowers in early spring and eventually develops edible berries.

The rock pear is one of the classic spring flowers and is valued as a less expansive ornamental plant even in smaller gardens. The plant is available as a small tree or shrub to purchase and allows for a summer green hedge adequate privacy, if you spend more in the garden at warm temperatures.

The white, star-shaped flowers show up already at the beginning of the year and form a nice contrast to other spring flowers and the simultaneously exhilarating leaves, which initially turn coppery and gradually turn green.

After flowering, the bush develops edible black berries at the end of June, which are reminiscent of blueberries and can be eaten raw or processed into tasty marmalade or fresh juice. Before the hedge loses its leaves in late autumn, it develops a beautiful autumn coloration - thus a cliff hedge offers a special sight year-round.

The winter-hardy shrub should be planted in a sunny spot, which has slightly acidic soil and is easy to root through.

Nutrient-poor soils are already prepared for planting by organic fertilizer to allow optimal plant growth - generally the rock pear is considered undemanding and easy to maintain, as even prolonged dryness does not directly lead to problems.

The graceful shoots rarely need to be cut into shape. After all, if the crown grows too dense, individual branches are cut off at the beginning of the year.

Almond tree (Prunus dulcis)

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: summer

The almond tree blooms from March to April and is comparatively caring intensive.

The almond tree belongs to the plant family of the rose family and develops between March and April bright pink flowers, which become an eye-catcher in the wintry garden.

Hobby gardeners can choose between a tree or shrub, which are available in different varieties in well-stocked retailers. Originally, however, the almond tree is a shrub that has been refined for optical reasons on trunk.

Tip: Make sure you buy winter hardy, self-pollinated and disease-resistant varieties as soon as possible to make the following care easier.

Almond trees place high demands on their location. It should be very sunny, well protected from the wind and ideally located in front of a southwest facing house wall. The substrate must also be permeable, warm and calcareous in order to achieve optimal growth. The almond tree is sensitive to surface compaction and waterlogging.

Plant your almond tree in late summer when the summer heat gradually fades away. Place the root ball in a water bath before planting until no more air bubbles rise.

Then the bale is placed as deep in the ground as the tree stood in the container. Danger: The almond trees offered in spring are often pure ornamental shrubs that will bear no fruit.

In the first two years, regular irrigation is particularly important. In addition, spring and autumn are moderately fertilized with organic fertilizer, such as compost.

A clearing cut is made after flowering: remove inward growing as well as crossing shoots. Even dead wood is removed. The rejuvenation cut, however, takes place in January, as soon as the temperatures are above 5° C.

To prevent with regular cutting measures also serious fungal diseases. Hardy varieties can easily overwinter to -20° C outdoors. Fewer frost-resistant varieties are not suitable for hedge planting and are mainly cultivated in the bucket.

Bloodcurrant (Ribes sanguineum)

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: flowering

The Bloodcurrant shows its white to dark red flowers until June.

The Bloodcurrant belongs to the plant family of the gooseberry plants and is often planted in gardens as ornamental shrub or flowering hedge. In the meantime, thanks to numerous new varieties, different flower colors are available that vary between pure white and dark red nuances.

With a blossom until June, the blood currant is one of the summer flowering ornamental shrubs. She attracts mainly butterflies and bumblebees in the summer garden.

After flowering, the blue berries ripen in July, which are edible, but not very aromatic - they are therefore mainly birds as a source of food and are not harvested, but remain as a decorative element on the bush.

With its loosely growing, curved branches, a blood-currants hedge reaches a height of up to 300 cm and thus provides adequate protection in summer. For a healthy growth, a sunny to half-shady location should be selected, which has a well-drained, slightly moist substrate.

In general, the ornamental currant is considered easy to clean and undemanding: In the first year of regular watering is crucial. In addition, the soil should be treated with organic fertilizer and covered with an additional bark mulch layer to store water longer.

In the weeks after flowering, a targeted pruning is carried out in order to maintain and promote the new shoot and the flowering ability of the plant: too long shoots are shortened by one third and dried up shoots are cut off at the base.

In addition, water guns are radically removed and crosses growing shoots shortened accordingly. If the annual Auslichtungsschnitt missed, leave the vitality and power of ornamental hedge significantly. Radical cuts after several years are no alternative and damage the plant permanently.

Ranunculus shrub (Kerria japonica)

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: summer

The winter hardy Ranunkelstrauch shows after its bloom in the spring again yellow blooms between August and September.

The Ranunkelstrauch is a very special ornamental shrub, because it knows to convince in early spring with yellow flowers and with good care still a second flowering phase takes place in late summer.

Particularly well known for this second flower are new varieties such as Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora', Because of these eye-catching flowers one speaks of the Ranunkelstrauch, which is actually called Japanese Kerrie, also like the gold florets.

Attention: The seeds of the ranunculaceae contain cyanogenic glycosides and are therefore toxic.

The deciduous Kerrie becomes up to 2 m high after three years of standing and grows upright. Thus, it is suitable as an early- and summer-flowering hedge and is set as an extremely resistant hedge plant like close to the road.

Since the shrub grows strongly and the rods branch out only poorly, cutting measures must be carried out regularly in order to obtain an attractive form and to promote new side shoots. The Kerrie is extremely cut compatible and generally very easy to maintain - it thrives at almost any location and tolerates sandy to loamy substrate.

Care must be taken to ensure that the lime concentration is rather low and the soil is not over-compacted. Since the Ranunkelstrauch belongs to the Flachwurzlern, a regular watering is crucial for a long-term plant health.

Tip: If you want to lure bees in your summer garden, you should fall back on varieties that form unfilled flowers - filled flowers are not served by the beneficials.

Plant winter-flowering shrubs

Beautiful early and summer flowering hedge plants for your garden: early

In addition to early and Sommerblühern you can of course still pronounced Winterblüher plant in your garden. We have compiled a collection of winter-flowering shrubs for you and explain important plant conditions for optimal plant health. Winter flowering shrubs and flowers

This topic has been developed for you by in cooperation with garden master Hermann Mendel.

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