Though not always in style, hedges, both sheared and unsheared, are an extremely useful way to use plants. Though our hedges are all woody plants (trees and shrubs) hedges they can be made of herbaceous plants as well (annual and perennial). Hedges can block unsightly views, direct views, define exterior spaces, and can even be used to create a maze!
Though some of our hedges are made from flowering shrubs, unless the plant blooms on old wood you will invariably prune off the flower buds. An easier way to create a hedge is to find a shrub that grows to the height you need, plant it close together and watch the hedge materialize after a few years with next to no pruning (an informal hedge). We have 31 genera, 57 species and 44 cultivars in this collection.