Height at maturity: Approx 2m (6.6').
Interest: All year.
Planting distance: Approximately every 1.5m (4.9').Although when planting a screening hedge of only 1 species we would advise planting every 80cm (31.5"), in the case of a mixed flowering hedge we are looking for each plant to grow without competing with its neighbour and give its best.
Pruning: A light pruning with shears after flowering is better. Blossoms will be even more beautiful.
One has to see the "flowering hedge" or "4 season's hedge" like a painting canvas. As the succession of the seasons goes on, the painting changes, the colours and the scents vary. It must be a permanently interesting display.
Find each plant's specification:
• Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pale pink - white blossom throughout summer
• Border Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia), early golden yellow blossom
• Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), white blossom from November through to April, followed by bluish-black berries
• Milkflower Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus), white blossom in June and July, followed by red fruits in October
• Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), dense clusters of blossom in lemony yellow in January
• Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria), feathery inflorescences in summer, red foliage in the autumn
• Virginal Mockorange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Virginal'), abundant white blossom in summer
• Weigelia 'Bristol Ruby', abundant blossom from May through to September, ruby red bell shaped flowers
Other ideas for hedges:
• Country Hedge 'Pierre'
• Flowering Hedge 'Emma'
• Gourmand Hedge 'Ophélie'
• Wind Break Hedge