What are the most decorative edible hedges?

by Mindi
(Oklahoma, USA)



I want to make an edible hedge for my front yard but I want it to look really nice ... what do you recommend? I'd like it to be more decorative than the usual boxwood hedges you see everywhere, maybe something with bright flowers or leaves that turn in the fall.

Thanks so much, I love your website!

Answer:

The exact plant you choose depends on what kind of hedge you want and how tall you want the hedge to be.

If you'd like the traditional box-cut hedges, a woody plant like rosemary or bay can be trimmed into this shape very easily.

For a taller hedge, or one to keep out animals, something like a hardy pomegranate or Rosa rugosa would work well in your area. Many of the berries like blueberry, chokecherry, or Nanking cherry have gorgeous flowers and foliage, and can be trained into any shape you want.

Low mounding dividers can be made from many flowering plants like lavender ... not exactly hedges but nice for visually dividing an area of the yard or along a walkway.

Take a look at the Edible Garden Hedges page for more ideas!

If anyone else has experience with this please join in ... the more the merrier!

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Dec 11, 2010
Thank you so much!
by: Mindi

I hadn't thought of berries ... would sand plums work? There are a lot of them near me so I know they grow here and my kids love them.

Answer:

Sure they would! The quickest way to get your own hedge of sand plums would be to go out and take cuttings of some of the sand plum trees nearby. To do this, cut a six- to eight-inch piece from the hard wood of the tree (not the soft green wood, which tends not to root well).

Take three cuttings for every ten feet of hedge you want. Use a sharp knife or freshly-sharpened scissors -- the idea is to cut the stem cleanly off. (don't cut yourself!)

Bring a jar full of water and put the cut stems in water right away, then into potting soil. Water daily. When the cuttings begin putting out leaves, you know you've succeeded. Plant them out where you want them in the spring and have fun with them.

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