Plant A Natural Hedge For Berries, Nuts, And Wildlife
A natural hedge is a great way to support wildlife in your garden.
It provides habitat and food for beneficial insects, birds, hedgehogs, lizards and more. All these creatures help to achieve a natural balance in the ecosystem. They only wait to help themselves to caterpillars, slugs, greenflies or mice.
As a result, you will encounter fewer problems with pests and diseases in your garden.
Apart from that, it can produce edible berries, nuts and other useful products like timber and fencing material.
Find A Suitable Spot For A Berry Hedge
A natural berry hedge is particularly suited for boundaries on larger
gardens and properties. But even in smaller gardens they can be useful
and replace a conventional one species trimmed hedge. You will have to
just choose shrubs that will stay smaller and more manageable.
hedges need less maintenance and care than a conventional hedge because
they don't have to be trimmed regularly. The shrubs can be coppiced or
thinned every 4-6 years if necessary.
A well-grown berry hedge will provide shelter from the wind and will
help to create a microclimate. They can also function as a privacy
10 Shrubs For A Natural Hedge
Here are 10 shrubs that are suitable for a natural wildlife hedge:
Juneberry - Amelanchier lamarckii
multi-stemmed large shrub up to 12-15 ft height
white flowers in spring
blue, edible berries during the summer
nice autumn color
Sea Buckthorn - Hippophae rhamnoides
deciduous shrub up to 20 ft high
orange berries full of Vitamin C and antioxidants
male and female plants, both are needed for berry production
choose named cultivars for best results
Wild Roses - Rosa rugosa
suckering, thorny bush up to 6 ft high
pink or white scented flowers all summer
edible orange-red rose hips are also loved by birds