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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Sizes
Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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Containers
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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Installation
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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About Us
Learn about our company’s past and present, and all about how we introduced this revolutionary product to the US market. You can also get a peek at our farm and meet our team of hedge experts who make all the hedge magic happen!
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Distributors
Find out where you can purchase our hedges in your area, whether you are a retail or wholesale buyer. We have exclusive wholesale distributors in some states, and this is where you can connect with them.
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Projects
See real-life examples of our hedges being used in projects all over the country. These photos are provided by our customers and can be used as inspiration for a wide range of uses, from commercial to residential. You can find customer reviews here as well.
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FAQ
Got questions? Of course you do! And chances are, many others have had the same questions. We know that with an unusual product like our hedges there are always many questions. We answer some common questions here on this FAQ page, so it’s a great place to start.
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Container Options

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Our Hedges

We know every situation is unique, so we developed hedge in pots options to fill any need. You should have choices! Our boxwood hedges are container hedgesgrown in custom plastic pots, but our field-grown hedges can be shipped in 3 different ways.

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Boxwood are the only type of InstantHedge unit grown and shipped in plastic containers.

Biodegradable
Cardboard Box

The Biodegradable Cardboard Box is the best option for hedges in containers that are going to be planted within a few weeks after shipping. The box itself can be planted right along with the hedge and will be fully degraded in about 45 days. The roots grow right through, no problem. This makes installation incredibly easy, with zero waste. We can ship 3 hedge units per pallet in cardboard.

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InstantHedge unit planting biodegradable cardboard box no waste

The biodegradable
cardboard boxes can
be planted

InstantHedge biodegradable cardboard box hedge roots growing

The cardboard degrades within 45 days, and the healthy, vigorous hedge roots grow through.

Cardboard Box

  • Direct planting
  • Fast installation
  • Zero waste

Fabric Bag

Our custom Fabric Bag is recommended for cases when a container hedges unit isn’t going to be installed for several months after shipping. They can be watered and sit out in the sun with no problem. They have 4 handles so they can be easily moved around with 2 people. Just cut the bag away when planting as they will not break down in the soil. Hedges in bags can ship 4 per pallet.

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InstantHedge unit fabric bag handles easy movable long shelf life

4 handles on each fabric
bag makes them easy to
move around

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A long shelf life makes fabric bags a great choice for samples or orders that won’t be planted within a few weeks of shipping

Fabric Bag

  • Long shelf life
  • Easy to move with handles
  • Ship more per pallet

Cedar Box

Sample displays going into garden centers and re-wholesale yards may want to have their hedges shipped in our custom cedar boxes. They are a beautiful and durable way to display InstantHedges. We have customizable options available as well that are project-ready; perfect for balconies, patios, and rooftop gardens needing a containerized hedge.

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Cedar Box

  • Durable
  • Beautiful
  • Customizable