Garden: 8 shrubs to use all year round for a flowering hedge

Are you bored with cedar or laurel hedges? If their dense and evergreen foliage is a guarantee of intimacy in the garden, their uniform appearance is enough to tire the retina. Flowering hedges are a good solution to spice up your land and at the same time protect it from wind and view. Not only do they bring color and a sweet scent when they bloom, they are also a great playground for our foraging friends. What combines aesthetics and biodiversity conservation. So why deprive yourself of it? By skillfully combining the varieties, you can even get a flowering hedge all year round! Here are eight species whose blooms span all four seasons.

spring blooms


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The flowers point to the end of their buds even before the leaves arrive. Between March and April, the golden-yellow flowers herald the arrival of spring. Then the soft green foliage will fill your hedge until autumn. Forsythia is a fast growing shrub. Depending on the species, it can reach a height of between 1 and 3 m. Ideal for adding color to your flowering hedge.

obier viburnum or snowball

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the Viburnum opulus is a unique shrub. From May to June, it is decorated with a multitude of flowery pompoms in a luminous creamy white. Like big snowballs, hence the nickname… In the fall, the reddish leaves give your hedge a new color. This round shrub can reach a height of 3 to 4 m.

summer flowers

Mexican orange tree

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Thrown between two seasons, Choisya ternata has the advantage of blooming twice. From April to May, it shows its clusters of delicately scented white flowers for the first time. Then, at the end of summer, in September, flowering resumes with vengeance. Its dense, glossy and evergreen foliage makes it a great ally for an insulating hedge all year round.


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The flowering of the abelia, white or pink, has the advantage that it extends from June to October. Bushy and compact, this shrub is particularly resistant to pests. On the other hand, it can suffer from the heat in the summer, so mulching may be necessary to maintain cool soil. Depending on the species, the foliage can be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous.

autumn buds

viburnum cans

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Also called laurel tin, the viburnum cans set their flowers from October to April. These evergreen shrubs can grow to 3 m wide and the same height. How to properly insulate your garden. In addition, this species has the special feature that it is particularly hardy, which means that it adapts to the most extreme weather conditions.

The autumn camellia

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The small pink and red flowers of the Camellia sasanqua (3 to 5 cm in diameter), perfume the garden from September to the end of winter. With its irregular and flexible habit, this small tree can reach 4 m in height. But be careful, the autumn camellia is sensitive to temperature extremes. To ensure maximum life, mulching is recommended even in winter.

For a flowery winter

Japanese quince

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Very accommodating, the Japanese quince or Chaenomeles adapts to all soils and all regions. Its thorns make it a defensive shrub, ideal for a hedge to ward off wild animals. From February to April, the pink flowers will brighten up your garden. Like most of the shrubs presented here, the Japanese quince is equally suitable for planting in hedges as well as in loose beds.

winter jasmine

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This pretty, very hardy shrub adapts to most soils. It will illuminate your hedge with beautiful young flowers all winter long. To facilitate growth, consider planting it along a fence or near a wall using a trellis system, giving it maximum height. On the exposure side, winter jasmine doesn’t like full sun, so choose a somewhat sheltered location.

You now know all year round which varieties to choose for a flowering hedge. It is up to you to select your favorite strains to create a harmonious whole. Do not hesitate to combine these species with other evergreen varieties to add density to your ensemble. And don’t forget to choose the location of each shrub carefully for an optimal display, for example by playing on several rows of plants.

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