8 Herbs For Hedges

Lemon grass (Hakcipta Yosri via Wikipedia)

Lemon grass (Hakcipta Yosri via Wikipedia)

Lemon grass (Hakcipta Yosri via Wikipedia)
Curry tree (Rantingsteve via Wikipedia)
Juniper (Chris Cant via Wikipedia)
Bay laurel (Giancarlo Dessì via Wikipedia)

May 7, 2013

This is a great time in most areas of the world for planting hedges, and there are a lot of wonderful edible plants that make good ones.

But if you're creating a herb garden, you might want to have your hedges be herbal as well. Here are some culinary herb plants which can make great hedges!

1) Rue (Ruta graveolens) is used in Ethiopian, Greek, and Italian cuisines. It grows up to two feet/60 cm tall, and likes poor soil. Some people dislike the smell and taste, some people are extremely allergic (they get skin blisters from touching it), so try it before buying.

2) Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) is a beautiful mounding plant with lavender flowers and a wonderful smell. Taller varieties can get up to three to six feet (1-2 m) tall (nice for informal hedges), but there are also dwarf and semi-dwarf cultivars for lower dividers.

3) Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a small shrub that gets up to three feet/1 meter tall with large yellow flowers, which can make a good informal divider hedge. The root is used to make licorice candy.

4) Upright varieties of rosemary can be sheared and used for formal or informal hedges up to four feet tall. Rosemary has a dense growth habit, small leaves, and tiny blue or pink flowers in spring.

5) Lemongrass (Cymbopogon species) makes great informal barrier hedging. It can grow up to 6 feet/2 meters tall.

6) The curry tree (Murraya koenigii) grows up to 13-20 feet (4-6 meters tall, but if kept pruned would be good for informal privacy screening.

7) Juniper (Juniperus communis) is a shrub or small tree (which occasionally grows up to 10 m/30 feet tall) that is heavily used in landscaping here in the US. It has attractive blue berries that are dried and used to flavor game.

Juniper can be sheared into numerous forms or left for informal hedges. It's great for any kind of hedge, but works very well if you need barrier and/or privacy hedging.

8) The leaves of Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) are used to flavor stews or sauces. The bay laurel grows slowly and can be pruned or kept in a pot to limit its size, but if left to itself it can sometimes reach 30-50 feet tall (10-18 meters).

Bay laurel has a dense growth habit, and can be sheared for a formal hedge or allowed to grow naturally.

I hope this gives you some ideas for hedging in your own garden. Have you used any of these plants? Tell us about them!

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May 07, 2013
by: Sarabeth

I have rosemary, lavender and bay laurel plant.

I have had problems with lavender in containers, but in the ground seems to be fine. The bay laurel is in a container. Slow growing, but treated like citrus (in our zone 7).

I grew rue between my berry plants - they are supposed to repel Japanese beetles!

I am trying lemon grass, but it is mostly dead, trying to revive it!

Thanks for sharing, great ideas.

Glad you liked it!

I've been looking at lemongrass for a while -- pampas grass is very popular here and lemongrass looks like a great alternative. I'm also in zone 7. Do you know why yours died?

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