Clipped yew hedge

Plants for a formal hedge

We choose some of the best plants for crisp, formal hedging.

Neatly clipped hedges with well-defined, sharp edges can really set the tone of a garden. They make an ideal frame for formal planting designs, but are also useful in naturalistic gardens, acting as a foil for looser, billowing border schemes.

Any plant used in formal hedging must withstand regular, close clipping, with no adverse effects on its health or appearance. Hydrangeas, for example, are often used as informal hedging plants, but can’t be clipped into the orderly shapes that yew, for example, can.

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