Shrubs, Hedges, And Hedgerows

Did you know you can grow your own fences, and eat them too? This class is about edible shrubs and multifunctional hedgerows for your permaculture garden.


Now available: PLANTS FOR YOUR FOOD FOREST: an important new book from PFAF. It focuses on the attributes of plants suitable for food forests, what each can contribute to a food forest ecosystem, including carbon sequestration, and the kinds of foods they yield.

Best Hedges for Wildlife | Planting Hedges - The RSPB

Planting garden hedges will provide excellent shelter for wildlife. Learn more about native trees and the best garden hedges to create great habitats.

Along the Edges of an Herb Garden: Hedge the Edge

A hedge around the perimeter of an herb garden is a definitive edge, a wall of green that can confer an invaluable sense of privacy and intimacy, a screen against the outside world that’s every bit as effective as a stone wall.

The hidden bustling world of hedgerows

Hedgerows were historically planted as barriers between fields, but in a human-dominated world, they are critical havens, corridors and connectors for wildlife.

How to Plant a Hedgerow

A hedgerow can offer beauty, productivity, biodiversity, and much more! Discover how to plant a hedgerow to meet your needs.

How to Plant a Hedgerow

Attract beneficial insects and invite them to stay in your garden with an insectary hedgerow.Buy Good Bug Seed:

Designing a Permaculture Hedgerow - Transformative Adventures

Last night, I had the opportunity to join in a permaculture discussion where hedgerows came up, and people who know me know that I’m crazy about hedges. As modern agricultural research turns towards perennial crops, and polyculture plantings, the hedgerow stands out as a traditional and uniquely adapted system for utilizing both. Better still, these woody perennial polyculture systems can do extra work by providing building and craft materials, ample carbonaceous material for composting, providing windbreaks, wildlife shelter, fences for wildlife, create fire and erosion barriers, provide forage, protect livestock or humans, and greatly increase the biodiversity that has a …

How to Apply the 1/3 Rule When Pruning Shrubs

Proper pruning—aggressive but not too aggressive—should be practiced annually with most established shrubs. Here is what to know about the 1/3 rule.

To Bamboo Or Not To Bamboo, And Is There Such A Thing As Non-spreading Bamboo?

By Heather Jo Flores I recently received an interesting question from a reader,and it seemed like a great topic for this month’s column. She writes:​“I just bought a house whose lovely raised garden beds are being strangled by invasive bamboo. What can I do?” First off, let me say that bamboo is a grass. And like Bermuda grass, Couch grass, and most other rhizomatous plants, it can be almost impossible to control without extreme measures. A lot of people think that if they choose “clumping” varieties of bamboo, they won’t spread. ​But in my experience this just isn’t true. Bamboo…


Hedgelaying is a country skill practised mainly in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with many regional variations in style and technique. Hedgelaying is the process of bending and partially cutting (pleaching) through the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees near ground level and arching the stems without breaking them, so they can grow horizontally and be intertwined. The first description of hedgelaying is in Julius Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War, when his army was inconvenienced by thick woven hedges during the Battle of the Sabis in Belgium. Hedgelaying developed as a way of containing livestock in fields, particularly after the acts of enclosure which, in England, began in the 16th century. Today hedges are laid to maintain habitat, promote traditional skills and because of the pleasing visual effect of a laid hedge.

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The art of hedgelaying

Have you ever wondered why there are so many hedges in the countryside, or why they're there? Ranger Clair Payne talks about work happening around Hawkshead and Low Wray to restore these important features of the Cumbrian landscape.

Bring Us A Shrubbery! Best Plants For Edible Hedges

A baker’s dozen of easy to grow and disease-resistant perennial hedge plants. By Heather Jo Flores No garden is complete without a yummy patch of edible, perennial shrubbery! Even a small garden can squeeze in a few brambles, berries or ‘chokes. To create a low-maintenance food forest with a year-round harvest and multiple layers of plants, a mid-sized perennial understory is an essential piece of the design. Shrubs connect the canopy to the ground and create habitats for birds and insects. The shrub layer also shelters smaller plants and creates boundaries and microclimates. ​I picked a baker’s dozen of the best…