In order to limit a summer cottage or personal territory, it is not at all necessary to build a brick fence, put reinforced concrete slabs or steel sheet structures. The protection in the form of a green barrier is quite effective and very aesthetic. But to create it and maintain it, as it should, is quite complicated.
If you do not know all the subtleties and nuances, you can encounter serious problems.
The hedgerow first appeared in France, where about three hundred years ago they began to decorate suburban gardens. Shrubs and trees performed the function of both decorating the territory and protecting it from the wind. Plantings could be in excellent condition, but only subject to constant, intense care. In this regard, nothing has changed since ancient times.
The standard system of work involves planting trees or shrubs in one, in two strips; individual specimens try to bring closer so that an irresistible green belt is formed.
Altitude is not the same: a hedge of less than 1 m is considered low; if it grows to 150 cm, it is classified as medium. Finally, a high hedge involves improvised fences reaching 2 m or more.
The choice of plant vegetation speed is a private matter of the gardener and customer. So, slowly growing trees and shrubs are less likely to have to be sheared, but fast-growing plants leave much more decoration possibilities. An artificial hedge sometimes includes flowering and fruit crops that are almost never cut - this is necessary so as not to reduce their productivity and appearance.
In some cases, the protective properties of shrubs and trees are not enough to replace a full-fledged fence or the plants themselves are at risk. Then they use an additional railing, blocking the passage of people , the passage of vehicles to landscaped areas. Thanks to them, it is possible to keep decorative landscaping intact.
Thinking over the type of garden fencing, focus on the desired result. Most often, the barrier is formed from bushes of the same type, then they try to choose the most beautiful species. If, sorting through the names of shrubs, you still could not choose the optimal among them, then it is worth trying to make a mixed fence.
But this is already more difficult, since it is necessary to draw up a preliminary landing plan.
It is advisable to combine different plants in such a way as to create a feeling of their spontaneous, uncontrolled growth on the site.
Advantages and disadvantages
What are the specific features of green walls is already clear. But we still need to figure out how they are better or worse than other options, what strong and weak positions they have.
The device of a hedge, according to most experts who are versed in landscape design, allows you to:
- Create a harmonious microclimate on the site.
- Improve leisure facilities.
- Avoid the need for painting (mandatory for any concrete, metal structures).
- Preserve moisture in the ground, avoid drying out the soil.
- Provide shelter to birds hunting field and garden pests.
- Create a cool shadow for the summer months.
- Cover up poorly designed, ugly buildings, just outbuildings.
- Delineate the space of the infield into separate zones.
Moreover, in relation to each of these problems, the green wall can be considered one of the best solutions to date. No technological advances and modern construction materials can achieve the same effect.
The only difficulty is the long wait for a positive result, the construction takes place much sooner. There are two options: either purchase already grown trees and bushes or save money and wait.
The use of fruit crops for the barrier can lead to the fall of berries, fruits on lawns and sidewalks, however, it is enough to collect a ripened crop in time to turn this disadvantage into a virtue. Note also that the green fence requires a sufficiently large area, more than a normal fence .
You should not think that a hedge is something single and monolithic and has no separate options. You can make a green fence in order to protect the site from the outside in order to break it inside according to functionality. Or to surround with a stylish barrier a flower garden, a track, a mixborder.
In all these cases, the height and density of plantings vary flexibly, they are both evergreen and seasonal in composition of crops. Plants can be planted with the expectation of giving them a certain configuration by cutting or to leave the natural look untouchable.
Along paths or paths, curbs of slow-growing rocks with small leaves are most often planted. Fences of medium height (1-3 m) are mainly designed to highlight isolated segments in the garden.
The two-row living wall is even higher and it is guaranteed to cover the garden from car exhausts, gusts of wind brought from outside by dirt and dust. Use in this kind of fencing can only be those cultures that easily survive the haircut and are undemanding to the conditions of detention. Otherwise, under the influence of the same exhaust gases, external beauty will fade.
The hedge of climbing plants should not be confused with those options that are made of evergreen, flowering and deciduous crops - the practical and external difference between them is very large. Trellis plantings are created from plants of one or several species, their characteristic feature is the interweaving of branches among themselves.
The bunk hedge speaks for itself: it uses two rows of plants, one of which is higher than the other. It is advisable to bring a lower culture to the foreground so that the entire composition can be seen from outside the site.
Which plants are suitable?
In addition to the configuration, it is worth looking at the choice of optimal cultures (fortunately, this topic is inexhaustible and it will still be possible to understand only general principles). Just say that relatively low plants and trees need to be disassembled separately.
Evergreen shrubs are a constantly sought after species of plants that attracts the attention of decorators with unchanging grace in any season. The coniferous fence is charming in winter and summer, it can be grown on any soil, watering and pruning it often needs to be done. Keep in mind that even the fastest growing breeds will not be able to immediately get the final form, it will take some time for it to be achieved. It is recommended to choose plants not on their own, but with the support of an experienced landscape designer.
The key parameter in the selection of “candidates” should be considered the height of each culture. Thus, bushes of gooseberries, Japanese spirea, yellow acacia, St. John's wort and boxwood allow only low fences to be formed.
If you want to create a fence over 3 m, you will have to take rose hips, lilacs, yew trees, crackles and some other breeds.
Each bush has its own characteristics:
- For example , snowdrops are silver-green in spring, in the summer months its leaves have a dense green hue, and with the onset of autumn it changes already to a bright orange color. The fruits are nutritious and can be used to treat certain diseases. Disease and harmful insects almost do not touch Irgu, this culture is very unpretentious.
- Plantings of golden currants can reach 2 m, their pubescent shoots are framed by serrated leaves (in the autumn months these leaves become pinkish). The flowering period is the end of spring and the beginning of summer, the fruits are purely decorative, their taste qualities are low. Watering is rarely necessary, but it is worth feeding organic matter.
- More popular than the two previous species, thickets of hawthorn . Their height varies from 20 to 40 dm, the length of the leaves is up to 0.12 m. When flowering, light inflorescences appear, the fruits - in the shape of a pear or round, like rose hips. Ripening continues until the first frost, in September-November, the crop becomes an attractive decoration.
Terry varieties that are close in appearance to roses are grown in large quantities.
Hawthorn can be a tree (for example, Siberian hawthorn, growing up to 6 m, able to live on poor land).
- Deren bushes reach 30-40 dm, stand out with beautiful leaves, part of the varieties differs in that the center of the leaf is light green, and its perimeter is white. Many gardeners prefer red derain, famous for the characteristic color of the branches. Flowering occurs in the last month of spring, while "umbrellas" appear. In the autumn, the color of the foliage changes - it turns red or turns orange.
Derain is compatible with any type of soil, if only it was sufficiently well moistened. It will take once a year (in spring) to cut the bushes.
- Barberry cultivation is in demand no less than derain. The shrub can stretch up to 300 cm in height, covered with a slight oval foliage. Starting around May 15, barberry has not only bright green leaves, but also characteristic yellowish brushes. In the fall, the predominant color is somewhere between orange and red, the fruits ripen, they can be very different in appearance: pink, black, yellow, red, even brown.
- Often in home gardens you can see chokeberry chokeberry - its shrubs from 2 to 3 m are usually covered with dark green leaves, by the end of the growing season they are repainted in bright red tones. When flowering, white buds with a pink tint appear. The fruits are edible, allow you to cook sweets and even wine.
- A short (not more than 0.7 m) heather blooms very beautifully, but it is inferior to the same barberry and derain in terms of convenience for the gardener: the requirements for soils are high. Mulching of the surrounding soil and shelter with spruce branches during the cold season is required.
- Cotoneaster above heather, its varieties have different growths, ranging from 200 to 300 cm. A brilliant variety is one of the most popular, covered with glossy leaves in summer and turns red in autumn. Berries remain until spring.
Black-fruited cotoneaster does not exceed 2 m, its inflorescences are similar to brushes, the fruits are black, slightly bluish. Culture suffers a shadow, but the light still loves. Systematic pruning is the best way to maintain a plant.
- Edible honeysuckle berries make it a better choice than cotoneaster. Spreading bushes, branches form a lot. Fruits are small, elongated, blue with a white tint. The buds open in April, and by May yellow or green flowers appear. The plant attracts bees, is able to survive in the shade after short frosts and droughts.
- Bushes of spirea , known to many as the meadowsweet, will also help lure pollinators into the garden. The height of different varieties ranges from 50 to 250 cm, more than 50 varieties are introduced into the culture. With an intelligent selection of their combination, you can achieve continuous flowering until the end of autumn. The stem of a spirea is no less decorative than its flower. The plant is photophilous, does not require too intensive watering, with sufficient soil fertility, vegetation is very powerful.
Spirea needs to be systematically pruned, but this should be done carefully, given the placement of inflorescences.
Many varieties are more correct to cut when they bloom, so that the shoots can throw new buds. If the buds are placed at the ends of fresh shoots, the haircut is carried out in the spring as early as possible.
- Henomeles , or else, Japanese quince, at least 1 m inferior to the meadowsweet. The flowering period covers the period from May 15 to June 10, the buds are light pink, orange, sometimes red. As you approach winter, the overall color may remain green, sometimes the upper edges of the leaves are yellowish-red. Genomeles can produce good berries; in gastronomic properties, they are close to quince. Bushes of this kind feel good in open space with sufficient sunlight.
- Thorn plantings are of a very different type, from 100 to 400 cm. The soil is not particularly rich in microelements, there are thorns on the branches. The period of formation of small flowers is the last two months of spring. Berries are eaten raw or as wine raw materials, the starting material for syrup, jam, candied fruit. Excess light affects the condition of the bush positively.
- Many people consider Chubushnik to be jasmine, with which this plant combines an excellent smell. The plant does not require sophisticated care, it feels best on sunny and slightly shaded areas. Watering is moderate, without draining and waterlogging, pruning only when absolutely necessary.
Let us briefly consider a few more popular options for shrubs used in fences:
- Small cohesive groups are predominantly formed from juniper or its single bushes are used altogether, as a decorative accent. Creeping culture is especially useful where you need to not only put up a barrier, but also strengthen the slope.
- For the same purpose, you can use sea buckthorn plants, which give useful in food and medical terms raw materials. Try to choose a site that is warm, full of sunshine and not blown by winds beyond measure. The disadvantage is a relatively slow growth, nothing can be done with it, this is the norm for culture.
- Boxwood is ahead of many other options for shrubs in the elegance of its crown, the brilliance of foliage, the ability to survive frequent haircuts. In spring, all nectar lovers flock to boxwood flowers very quickly. If small children settle in a house on a suburban area, it is better to wait with the planting of this culture, it is toxic!
- Planting panicled hydrangea and other varieties of this species is possible only on fertile soils, always in shaded places, at least partially. Part of the varieties of hydrangea will have to be trimmed every year, otherwise it can break under its own weight, its flowering occurs so quickly and abundantly. Hydrangea (the botanical name for the shrub) itself is diverse enough to create a very attractive hedge.
In addition to these plants, euonymus, gemstone, snowberry and many other varieties can also be used in the garden landscape. So in no case do not take this section as a description of all the options available to the gardener.
Trees are no worse than shrubs in their parameters, and in some cases surpass them. It is advisable to use small trees, as they are more economical and elegant. Planting coniferous trees in the country is an option that is very popular; only decorative breeds and varieties are suitable for solving this problem.
Immediately find out which conifer requires sunlight, and which one can grow normally only with limited lighting . Coniferous crops will have to be abandoned if the summer cottage has clay soil, as well as with high standing groundwater.
For all its merits, perennial evergreen vegetation is not very diverse: if we compare it with leafy solutions of the same ease of care, the conclusion will be completely obvious.
When choosing climbing crops, make sure that they do not harm ordinary fruits, vegetables, and fruit plants. It is possible to strengthen protection against various intruders if thorns are introduced into the hedge.
Most popular options:
- Spruce plantations, although they do not have protective capabilities, look very attractive. In addition to beauty, their advantage is the improvement of air quality, the suppression of foul odors. Spruce perfectly restrain rain in the warm season and snow in winter, almost never get sick, do not require frequent haircuts. However, on dry soil they grow very poorly.
- Willows , as you already know, are considered almost the simplest plants in the organization of hedges. This is a fast-growing culture that reduces waiting time, but makes you constantly take care and monitor the tree
Important: any trees growing near the fence can be attached to it on a wire. Such a move is reliable and serves as additional protection against penetration from the outside.
- A high growth rate is also characteristic of the large-flowered campsis ; it is a tree-like liana, capable of stretching for 15 m. Fresh shoots are wound spirally on the supporting posts and, even after hardening, do not change this configuration. Campids bloom all summer and the first month of autumn, but only on condition that they were planted in neutral or slightly acidic soil, provided sufficient heat and sunlight.
Caution: Do not plant this crop under windows, at gates, or in other places where rapid growth can create additional problems.
- The tropical rate of development can be very attractive. But still, most people prefer more frost-resistant options. A striking example can be considered medicinal laurel , elongated complex in composition of its inflorescences are liked by most people. The plant survives well in the shade, but it is advisable to provide it with moisture as it should. Saping of the soil will end with stopping flowering and fruiting, slowing down growth. The laurel cherry hedge is cut and formed once every 6 months, for the first time this manipulation is carried out the next summer after planting.
- It is interesting to compare with the laurel thuja Brabant ; the latter is not too picky, but the preservation of its basic functions depends on how much the requirements were observed during planting and care. Excessive shade and too bright sun are equally destructive for a tree, it is best to place it in partial shade, west or east of any building.
Important: thuja crown is quite wide, it narrows in the upper part. Therefore, the usual planting interval (0.5 m) is insufficient, such a plant will take root well only in a relatively large area.
- The related thuja Smaragd will be able to rise to 300-500 cm, and its coverage sometimes is as much as 2 m; Immediately lay exactly these sizes in the garden planning project.
- In addition to these trees, limes can also be used in the design of hedges. Moreover, this is one of the main breeds, which for many centuries has allowed the creation of attractive parks. But keep in mind that linden is primarily suitable for a spacious area, if the site is small, you can place only a couple of trees at the entrance.
- Russian conditions are best tolerated by small-leaved linden , which can be found even in the forests near Arkhangelsk. The trunk rises to 30 m, the diameter is 0.8 m, the tree will stand idle for hundreds of years. The important advantages of small-leaved lindens are also the possibility of rooting in podzolic soil, immunity to air pollution, annual fruiting.
- Our next “hero” is a short hornbeam representing the glorious Berezov family. The plant makes high demands on the soil, it should be thoroughly moistened, while a loose structure and saturation with useful substances are desirable. If there is a drought, watering is sharply activated, the soil should be constantly moist. The hornbeam crown is thick, spreading, in the summer the leaves are dark green, and in the fall - yellow or purple. The hornbeam tolerates frosts well, perfectly resists microorganisms and insects, but a positive effect is achieved only with careful selection of the soil mixture.
You will definitely have to cut the crown, the only way to maintain its attractive shape for a long time. Before planting, the seeds will have to be stratified in two stages, preparation begins in the fall. The hornbeam should not be cut too often.
- Elm , also known as elm, is not a single tree, but a whole genus, some of whose representatives live up to 400 years and rise up to 30-40 m. Any species has a vast, extremely dense apex; A particularly interesting effect is created by flowering before the leaves come out. Seeds need to be sown immediately as soon as you collect them, and maintain a gap of at least 0.2 m. This is important not only so that the plants do not "jam" each other, but also so that pathogenic fungi do not spread from one to the other.
Elm seeds should be covered with a maximum of 5 millimeters of soil, and in calm weather with high humidity, you can put them directly on the ground, without burying at all. A leafy variety is recommended to be planted next to the road or on the shore of a pond.
- Mountain pines complete the review. They are self-sufficient heroes of landscape design, so different from each other that other trees are not needed to create most of the compositions. So, “Kolumnaris” with a remarkable crown in the form of a cone is perfect for the role of the dominant plant in the hedge, it is experiencing a haircut. Unfortunately, the slightest heat, desiccation will destroy this tree.
It is advisable to choose soils neutral or with limited alkaline reaction and unshaded areas. It is recommended to use seedlings not younger than 3 and not older than 5 years.
The landing trench is made, many times superior to the root system, the bottom is covered with drainage. Landing from the container should occur with a lump of soil, the roots should be left intact.
How to create yourself
In order to make high-quality green hedges with your own hands, you should carefully select the cultures that will be used in them. It is advisable to focus on such qualities as the minimum need for care, a long growth period, the ability to form a green wall with a uniform density, low sensitivity to cutting off parts.
Given the peculiarities of Russian conditions, the tolerance of winter frosts, early frosts and cold returns is extremely important.
For beginners and non-specialists, it makes sense at first to take on as simple options as possible. One of them is spherical willow, which is ideally adapted to the climate of most regions of the Russian Federation and at the same time is no less beautiful than the most exotic solutions.
Just cut 1-2 rods from an already growing tree, then transplant them into your own land - by the end of next spring you can enjoy the first results.
Willow fragile deserved positive reviews from the most famous professionals in landscape design, it can be used both as a single decoration, and in groups of 3-4 pieces.
Even the most undemanding trees and shrubs are easy to destroy if you do not take care of preparing the soil on time. Work should begin in mid-autumn, pulling the rope on the strip that should be occupied by the fence. The exact line will not allow you to deviate to the side when the time comes to dig a ditch .
The size of the trench is determined by the number of strips of stands that will be part of the fence, each row has at least 500 mm in width. The deepening, before planting a sapling, is supposed to be filled with a small amount of the soil extracted from above, covered by organic fertilizer.
Attention: preliminary feeding of soil with manure is advisable only under coniferous crops. To reduce the waiting time and reduce the risk of error, for self-cultivation, it is worth taking only mature seedlings, not younger than 24 months.
Coniferous shrubs are generally not recommended for replanting until the age of three. At the same time, quite adult specimens are also poorly suited for work, and it is worth taking them only for planting elite or very slowly developing breeds.
Shrubs introduced into hedges are planted in a special way: the neck of the rhizome is placed at ground level or deepened by a maximum of 10-20 mm. You can determine the correct gap between the points of seedlings, taking into account the size of the instance and the device, the operation of its root system . The slower the growth of cultures, the greater the permissible rapprochement. A single-row scheme implies an optimal distance of 200-250 mm. If you have chosen a two-lane composition, at least 0.3-0.5 m should remain between any two excavations in the ground, the same interval is maintained between the lines.
Destruction of the plant under its own weight for the gardener and gardener is a normal, working situation, a problem bush can be replaced. In landscape design is not so, the slightest change in appearance, the formation of extra spaces looks very ugly. Therefore, so that the bushes do not die during the entire service life, it is worth using supports.
The long boards located 0.4-0.5 m above the ground level showed themselves excellently as such; Of course, these boards need to be fixed, and planed before installation, so that it is convenient and safe to use.
Plants that will rely on boards are also selected, depending on the planting pattern. So, a single-row system allows you to enjoy the view of dense crowns, many branches, abundantly strewn with large leaves. If there are two rows, it is worth using the types of shrubs and trees that are less “outstanding” separately, since this does not add beauty, but only creates unnecessary problems.
In recent years, evergreens that remain bright in any season have become increasingly popular. Those who live in a country house only in the summer can plant more rapidly developing leafy crops. Seasonal decoration will fully pay for a limited growing season.
It would hardly have been possible to describe the creation of a hedge from all possible plants in a thick volume. But a step-by-step instruction is still needed and now you will learn how to grow ivy in a hedge. This perennial climbing up, characterized by a large shoot length, is held due to the mass of auxiliary roots.
Russian gardeners have to confine themselves to only the three most resistant to cold versions of the plant - ordinary ivy, Colchis or Crimean.
So, the main recommendations:
- They need to be planted only on hills, but those where there is no wind . A spring planting is desirable, then with luck, the young growth will strengthen and calmly winter for the first time. Carefully inspect the shoots that you want to propagate, they should be a maximum of three years, completely healthy. The moisture-absorbing, air-permeable substrate saturated with organic helps accelerate rooting. The roots start at a depth of 0.2 m, the recess for planting should be a little deeper, but with a drainage layer.
- Further care involves mainly watering, micronutrient supplementation and the simplest effect on the soil. Loosening is necessary without undue enthusiasm, preserving moisture and eliminating the action of early frosts is achieved by mulching. After rains, loosening is required, and neither shoots nor subordinate roots, which penetrate into the substrate in abundance, should be destroyed.
- Mulch will need to be added gradually , creating a thin layer and without touching the leaves located near the ground itself. Closer to the onset of cold weather, the thickness of the protective layer is increased, thereby creating opportunities for warming, winter shelter of plants. After the snow melts, do not rush to incise shoots damaged by frost and rodents. Remove them in the first days of summer, as soon as the rapid movement of the juice is completed. Cutting large stems, treat the artificial defect with a garden var.
- Watering garden ivy should be moderate , but not too rare: focus on whether the soil is sufficiently moistened. Ivy should be propagated with the help of semi-lignified shoots that have visible rudiments or true additional roots. A cut of a very young growth will slow down rooting very much, and wet cold days can even lead to rotting of the cuttings. Planting of each plant should occur at least 0.5 m from the others, otherwise they will overwhelm each other.
Attention: with rare exceptions, ivy is poisonous, work with it should be in tight, maximum closed clothing, rubber gloves.
Finally, you need to decide on the landing place before the tenth of April , so that in the remaining couple of weeks you thoroughly prepare and start right away. The optimal combined culture (according to the necessary conditions and ease of adaptation after transplantation) is girl's grapes.
Certain features have grown in the hedge of another popular culture - roses. This solution is suitable if your site is well lit; lack of sunlight will lead to elongation of shoots and their loss of appearance. But at the same time, an excess of illumination is also contraindicated, the flowers simply burn out.
It is best to plant roses in loamy areas, but with a skillful approach and due diligence, it is possible to achieve excellent results even on sandy loam, on clay soil.
Landscaping experts believe that it is best to choose for planting klimings, ramblers or semi-climbing roses, these groups of varieties are distinguished by the optimal balance of beauty and ease of cultivation. It is required to remove absolutely all weeds from the site and dig the earth at least 0.6 m in depth, otherwise the soil is considered unprepared.
For planting, three-year-old seedlings or younger cuttings are used, work with seeds is too tedious and mainly breeders are engaged in it. When selecting seedlings, carefully check that they are healthy and in good shape.
The width of the hedge is determined by the step of planting it: when using new plants in loose plantations, the gaps between them can be quite large. Subsequently, the bushes (trees) either condense or close the gaps with grassy crops. The choice depends on what the decorative effect is and what are the features of the design concept.
How to care?
Since the hedge is not just a barrier to people with reduced social responsibility, but a beautiful, full-fledged barrier is just as important as selecting crops and planting them.
With the help of a haircut, it is possible to create graceful compositions and geometric shapes. In most cases, you need to process plants for the first time in the second year of life in a new area. Take your time, wait for the fall when the foliage discharge is completed. Even conifers at this time reduce their biological activity and undergo "surgery" less painfully.
Periodic summer haircuts, beginning in the third year, help prevent excessive thinning of the lower parts, boost the kidneys in the lower share of shoots. If, due to the low light intensity or for another reason, the bottom has lost grace and elegance, they make a cone or trapezoidal pruning of shrubs.
The external sides are tilted by 70 degrees (approximately, there is no need to engage in accurate measurements). Any broken, dried up or outdated shoot must be immediately removed, it will only in vain absorb the vitality of the plant.
In order to take up scissors less often, it is worthwhile to take out rapidly developing plants abroad of the areas given to them initially. Unfortunately, suitable cultures are not always easy to find. You can reduce the growth rate if you already put slate at the depth of the root system when planting.
The youngest plantations are supposed to be watered more often, it is useful to loosen the soil. The first few months, until the hedgerow is rooted, fixed in the soil, constant moisture of the roots is required. It should be watered so that the water goes deep into the soil, this requirement applies to both trees and shrubs.
If only the top layer is wetted, a crust is formed, capable of only harming the stands.
Do not forget that in the autumn drought, timely watering will protect the hedge from wintering problems.
Fertilizing, as usual, is dictated by the needs of the crop and the condition of the soil on the site. To reduce the frequency of special top dressing and the cost of them, you can add falling leaves and leave them on humus. When you get compost, they saturate the soil next to the hedge.
To minerals reached the roots throughout the volume, it is recommended to use a hydraulic drill or root feeders. During the period of active shoot formation, it is worth using liquid top dressing , thereby reducing the time gap between its introduction and the ingress of beneficial substances into plant tissues.
Beautiful examples and options
It is easy to create a small-leaved type of hedge with the help of the linden variety of the same name. This is what a barrier looks like on two sides of a garden path.
Beginning gardeners often try to create the lowest hedges, the use of spirea, forming a dense wall and suitable for any region of central Russia, helps a lot.
In winter, first of all, conifers will look very beautiful. Therefore, it is them who should be chosen if you live in a country house year-round. The photo shows a convincing example of the fact that evergreen hedges may well be different in color and include bright colors.
White snow blends perfectly with ivy.
The following video presents an interesting version of a hawthorn hedge.