While one might think of England as all about herbaceous flower borders, there is actually an entire design discipline that has made an art form of hedges. They seem to be much more a UK and European tradition than here in the States. Probably all the more reason I find them imminently fascinating. Their significance within a total landscape scheme is represented in a myriad ways. In this post I’m including just some of the many examples I saw in my travels last May.
In the feature image (above) evergreen hedges can serve as an extension of grand architecture while also softening the hard, cold stone (below image). It’s fun to imagine the Parterre Bench at home in Buscot Park.
Perhaps the most familiar and relatable use of hedges is in the creation of garden “rooms…”
Some even have green doorways!
Also observe how hedges create and exaggerate a focal point, which brings such drama to a landscape…taking you “as far as the eye can see.”
Depending on the sense of humor of a designer or gardener, hedges can be brimming over with personality. Some I go so far as to call “the wonkies…”
where they might often have been left to their own devices to provide a contrast to the more orderly surroundings.
But then there’s Highgrove, home to Prince Charles. His entrance boasts limbed up holly “lollipops” and contrasting green hornbeam structures that I would like to assume are a take on the beloved London phone booths.
Looking at all these dreamy images, I’m made aware again of the beauty that surrounds us in this world…and the refuge that it provides. May I offer this as solace for the challenges facing us right now–beauty is a constant that no virus can unseat. Be safe and resilient, dear friends.