Hedges are one of the most influential design features of gardens and landscapes across the world. The first hedges during the Neolithic Age (4000-6000 years ago) were used to enclose land for cereal crops. Over the years their use, their style, their functions and the plant varieties to create hedges have all evolved. Often seen in manicured rows of shrubs and trees, these landscape elements are planted and trained to serve several purposes from forming a boundary to define a space. A part of cultural heritage and common throughout history, hedges are known to add great value to a landscape and in some cases even help in maintaining the ecosystem.
Today, commercial spaces use hedges in exciting ways to bring a refreshing feel to their space as well as function. From Boxwood to Cedar, formal to whimsical landscape designs, outdoor to indoor hedges, many varieties are being used in designs as a feature or function. Below are the 7 best uses for indoor and outdoor hedges to spark your imagination.
Create Privacy – The most common use of hedges is to serve as a privacy screen. Whether your goal is to block views from the neighborhood in your outdoor space or you want a soft, interesting screen to divide your large indoor room, hedges can be perfect. They will not just block prying eyes and bring privacy to the setting but will make a welcoming addition to your landscape design. The ideal hedge size to act as a privacy screen is usually 8-10 feet.
Direct Traffic – Low hedges can be used to line a pathway in outdoor landscapes or to create one in indoor spaces to direct traffic. They can be used to mark the paths in a property without losing much space or reducing light as compared to traditional hedging. If you’re planning to create a green experience in your space, then hedges will go a long way in making the lane look more enchanting and captivating.
Build Boundaries – One of the most common uses of hedges is to create a boundary or a border in the garden or for the entire property. Hedges won’t just create a border in the space but will act as building blocks of the design. In smaller outdoor gardens or landscapes, stilted hedges can be used to extend the height of the fence. They offer more privacy in smaller gardens.
Define Areas – Hedges offer an easy way to define an area in a landscape. You can use them around the focal point or a special feature in your landscape and improve the overall appeal. They can also be effectively used to provide contrast against bright flowering plants and direct all the attention towards the main feature.
Add Interest – For most commercial spaces, artificial hedges are more than just blocks of foliage to shield the space. Many landscapes use interesting foliage shapes and styles to create hedges that contribute interest to the setting. Evergreen trees and shrubs not only provide structure to a landscape in winter months but they bring exciting color, texture, and appeal to an otherwise mundane space. Another way of bringing interest to a landscape is by creating two levels of hedging to add depth and dimension. Hedges can also take various shapes, from concentric squares to spheres, and make the space more eye-catching.
Act as Windbreak – Using rows of trees or shrubs lined up to provides shelter from the wind and protects soil from erosion, hedges make for excellent safety barriers. Properly designed hedges can help in reducing the cost of heating and cooling and conserves energy.
Mask Unsightly Views – Hedging offers a natural and chic way to hide unsightly views indoors as well as outdoor landscapes. From masking damaged walls to hiding HVAC boxes and other utility items, hedges soften the space and add a pristine backdrop in the setting. They’re ideal for hiding problem areas within a landscape.