InstantHedge Featured in July GardenSmart Newsletter
As experts in privacy hedging, we’ve heard it all. So many people are desperate for immediate privacy that can extend 10, 15, or 20 feet upward, but they become frustrated with the limited availability of hedge options that are both instantly thick and tall.
Can’t get out and enjoy nature right now? Bring nature in your home. You may not own your dwelling, but you can still find ways to bring the outdoors inside. Whether your space is large or small, gardening enhances both your health and happiness.
InstantHedge Featured in May Gardensmart Newsletter
You may think it a known fact that evergreens make the best privacy hedges, but you may also think that you will have to forfeit that quality if you want seasonal color interest from a hedge. Think again!
InstantHedge Featured in April GardenSmart Newsletter
Boxwood (Buxus sp.) is a wildly popular evergreen shrub that has been used in landscapes for centuries. It fits in any garden style, from very formal (Versailles) to very casual. They are the go-to option for low-maintenance, evergreen hedges.
InstantHedge Featured in March GardenSmart Newsletter
A hedge is an essential component for almost every garden. These living walls are invaluable for their ability to provide privacy, noise reduction, habitat for wildlife, garden design, and a lovely green backdrop for the whole garden.
The best new ornamental plants, garden products and edible plants were recently given the prestigious 2020 Green Thumb Award, presented by the Direct Gardening Association (DGA).
Winners in the Ornamental Seeds, Bulbs and Plants division were European Beech InstantHedge from InstantHedge and Clematis ‘Lady Kyoko’ from Spring Hill Nurseries.
Recipients in the Gardening Tools and Accessories division were Garden Tutor Online Course and Kit from Botaniworld and the Vertex Wall Trellis from Gardener’s Supply Co.
In the Edible Plants division, KangaRhu Rhubarb from Gurneys Seed and Treasure Island Sweet Potatoes from Concept Plants were winners.
That could have been another great name for the InstantHedge, a winner of one of the Direct Gardening Association’s 2020 Green Thumb Awards. These awards are chosen by garden writers who judge both plants and products on uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a garden problem and their appeal to gardeners.
InstantHedge Featured in February GardenSmart Newsletter
For dense evergreen hedges with a lush, leafy look, people often reach for English laurels like the species Prunus laurocerasus or the Schip laurel. These hedges are useful in situations that need a fast-growing hedge and have a fair amount of space to fill, but sometimes a smaller, more manageable type hedge is needed. This is where their lesser-known cousin, Portuguese laurel, saves the day! It is a different species, Prunus lusitanica, native to the coast of Portugal and Northwestern Africa. Read on for five reasons why you might need a Portuguese laurel hedge of your own.
InstantHedge Featured in January GardenSmart Newsletter
When the winter air is cold and the nights are long, it helps to start dreaming of spending warm summer days in the garden. Whether you like to keep it a private space for just you or a spot to host backyard bashes for the masses, this one element will make a huge impact on your outdoor living space: a thriving privacy hedge.
InstantHedge featured in December GardenSmart Newsletter
Many popular hedges are deciduous, with a lovely fall color display, and some may even hold their dormant leaves throughout the winter for added screening (like European beech). Still, for full, thick winter privacy your best bet is an evergreen hedge. Some evergreens go off color in winter, but the list below contains the best hedges to pick for optimum winter color and interest.
InstantHedge featured in November GardenSmart Newsletter
When fall hits, we often find ourselves in a frenzied state of cleaning up our gardens. Raking leaves, spreading mulch, removing spent plant material, tucking away gardening hoses, etc. has us thinking about putting the garden to bed. Usually planting anything is far from our thoughts until the first taste of spring the next year. However, fall is really one of the best times to plant trees and shrubs, and it's the ideal time to install a new hedge! Here are a few reasons why:
InstantHedge Featured in October GardenSmart Newsletter
A cottage garden is an experience. It engages all the senses and invokes a feeling of strong connection to both the past and the present. It creates an ecosystem where pollinators, birds, and other creatures thrive. The best part is that they are easy to create and maintain if done right.
InstantHedge Featured in GardenSmart September Newsletter
When that first scent of fall reaches our noses, it signals our brains to reach for everything cozy and comforting. We start to slow down after the rush of summer and ready ourselves for the dark, short days of winter. Plants make similar changes, with annuals and perennials shutting down, evergreens slowing growth, and deciduous shrubs and trees beginning to abscise and drop their leaves.
For centuries, people have been shaping hedges into crisp lines and geometric patterns to create breathtaking formal garden designs. By studying the elements of formal gardens, we can take away some tips and tricks for installing them at home.
"Landscaping a small space is a special challenge. They often require extra privacy since a small yard typically means close proximity to neighbors, but there simply isn’t much room for screening plants.
"This is a message for those living in a cold climate who have given up hope of being able to grow an interesting hedge: you have options! Yes, cherry laurels, yew, and beech are extremely popular in the Zone 5 and up crowd, but don’t think for a moment that there aren’t beautiful choices for the Zone 4 and below folks as well.
Picture this: It's late March. Shrubs and trees stand leafless under a gray sky. You turn your eyes and suddenly notice that the landscape is lit by a bright stretch of golden hedge. Upon closer inspection, you see that the gold hue comes from tiny flowers covering the branches of a Cornelian cherry.
March 2019 — InstantHedge took the design/build market in the United States by storm in 2018, debuting 20 varieties of precision-trimmed and packaged, ready-to-plant 3-4’ and 5-6’ hedges. In the fall the company expanded with a line of 18” boxwood panels for instant borders, knot gardens and patios.
InstantHedge Article in March GardenSmart Newsletter
Creating a garden that is either beautiful or utilitarian is simple. Creating a garden that is both beautiful and utilitarian is tricky. There is a key secret for making this possible, and I'm about to let you in on it: use hedges to create garden rooms.
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Article Featured in GardenSmart January Newsletter
A great knot garden is like a great wine: nice at first, but as it matures it takes on complex, sometimes unexpected characteristics that enchant and delight the senses.
Do you dream of having one of these charming gardens, but you're not sure where to start? We are here to guide you, step by step.
Living screens are as versatile as they are varied. They hide the neighbors, block ugly views, provide backdrops and create garden rooms.
Originally, though, screens were used to hem in livestock. When humans made the leap from hunter-gatherers to start an agrarian lifestyle, they prevented animals from wandering by using living screens left behind as they cleared the land for planting. In ancient Roman times, the practice became more structured as farmers planted their own shrubs to mark property lines and keep animals in line.
Each InstantHedge is an evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times each year using GPS tracking equipment to provide extraordinary density. Revolutionary technology ensures precision, accuracy and delivery of a consistent product. The hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years, not just dropped in the ground.
InstantHedges arrive on site in sturdy biodegradable cardboard boxes ready to plant, and easy to maneuver with loading equipment. The result? Instant privacy and design features in 3-4' and 5-6' heights.
Evergreen: check. Deer resistant: check. Full sun: check. Full shade: check. Hardy to Zone 4: check. Easy to maintain: check. Can be pruned to any shape: check. What more could you ask for?
The above cannot be said for many plants! For these reasons, boxwood (Buxus sp.) has remained the most popular shrub grown in the U.S. and worldwide for centuries. Boxwoods can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions. They are slow growing and have lush, easy-to-shape evergreen foliage, making them especially useful for low borders, knot gardens, and topiaries.