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On Hedging A Hedge Shrub
Michalis 'BIG Mike' Kotzakolios

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Though shrubs are known to grow freely in the wilds, there are some varieties of the same that actually prefer the shades of neighboring plants or structures. Such a shade shrub often cannot withstand long exposure to direct sunlight, or even harsh weather conditions. These shrubs also possess fragile trunks, roots, stems and/or leaves that will break easily once situated in areas with unfriendly factors.

But these shrubs are often the most beautiful of the genus. They have intricate leaves and bright, colorful flowers. And though their bodies may be frail, their shapes are sometimes worthy of praise and admiration. These qualities make these shrubs desirable choices for gardens, despite the limitations of their delicateness.

The solution? Gardeners employ a process called hedging. Hedging involves the establishment of enclosures to protect these shrubs from possible damage. The enclosures also provide the shade that these shrubs need.

This is the reason why a member of the species of shrubs that require hedging is called, unsurprisingly, a hedge shrub. There are many kinds of shrubs that we can consider as a hedge shrub. Let's take a look at the more popular ones.

* Hedgehog Rose. This hedge shrub belongs to the rose family, and produces blooms that are so radiantly colored. Bright pink flowers with yellow centers blossom every summers, and they will surely garner the attention of your guests. However, during this time, the heat of the summer sun can turn their otherwise dark green leaves into shades of golden brown, which will diminish the impact of their fabulous blooms. Hence the need to plant the hedgehog rose in enclosures.

* White Hedgehog Rose. Same as the conventional hedgehog rose, but a little more durable, and with white petals instead of pink. Nonetheless, the white hedgehog rose is not durable enough to withstand the simmering sun or the biting cold of the winter months.

* Flowering Currant. Known for its bright red flowers which bloom in clusters, much like grapefruits, the flowering currant is highly deciduous. Its shedding is even made more rapid by environmental conditions like rain and wind, hence the need for hedging.

* English Holly. The English Holly is most popular for its mistletoe-shaped leaves of dark green, highlighted by bright red berries come the proper season. Because of the sheer weight of its leaves and berries which its brittle stems find difficulty in supporting, the English Holly is likewise best kept in enclosures.

There are more varieties of the hedge shrub, of course, but the ones we have enumerated above are the most popular for many gardeners, given the sheer beauty they can add to any garden.

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