Updated: Jan 19
Not all gardens can be framed by hedges. Try living walls instead.
Plants clean the air. They reduce pollution. They provide privacy. They are beautiful. They provide shelter and food for wildlife. We love plants.
Garden designs, sizes, and styles vary. Not everything works or belongs in your sensory garden. Sometimes we have to get creative in the way we create hedges without having room for a true hedge.
One way to take advantage of empty space is to add some planters with some great pollution capturing, privacy providing plants. Look for evergreens or long-lasting deciduous plants to fill in those gaps and provide some green in an otherwise bleak space.
Vines that grow quickly are also a great way to cover up open spaces between fences or other empty spots. Plant them in a pot above the ground and let them creep down to create a wall of greenery.
Feel free to add a trellis or two (or more) creating structures where vines, flowers, and other plants can climb. This can be a quick way to make a secluded garden spot--even if that spot is on a small balcony.
Another idea is to add a living wall. Add plants to these “walls” to quickly green up dead space. Drip irrigation or a hydroponic system may be best in this case as the plants may dry out quickly. Choose plants that are well adapted to the climate or have a close source of water to ensure they are happy.
Planters, vines, trellises, and living walls all create opportunities to the garden where otherwise it may be impossible. Be creative in your use of space and enjoy the many benefits of your non-traditional "hedge." Your health and happiness will improve with the effort.