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Create wild hedge: planting plan for privacy screen of flowering native shrubs and trees for the natural garden

A colorful, flowering wild hedge not only provides privacy , but is also environmentally friendly. There birds, insects and small garden animals find shelter and food. In nature, such a hedge consists of several zones. We explain how to create such a wild hedge and offer a planting plan for privacy screens from flowering native shrubs, trees and perennials.

Create wild hedge: Instructions and planting plan for the small garden

Create wild hedge planting plan of shrubs and perennials

Whether large or small, there is enough space in any garden for a wild hedge. The design principles are very simple. In nature, any hedge consists of three zones. In the middle (the core) grow tall shrubs and trees. Under the trees grow ground covers or perennials for shade. Right next to the trees join various shrubs. Semi-shrubs and low perennials grow at the end of the hedge.

Create wild hedge with flowering shrubs instructions

When to plant a wild hedge? The right time to plant a wild hedge is spring. This allows the trees and shrubs to develop their root systems. But even if you miss the spring timing, you can still put young plants in the ground in the spring.

Wild hedge plant spacing: in zone 1, the trees and tall shrubs have a spacing of 120 cm – 200 cm. In zone 2, shrubs have a spacing of 80 cm – 100 cm. In zone 3, the plant spacing is about 70 cm. Consult the tree center for advice on space requirements and minimum spacing of each type of plant.

Wild hedge planting with native shrubs flowering

Design narrow wild hedge for small garden: A natural hedge takes up significantly more space than an evergreen hedge. However, with a few tricks, it is possible to make the wild hedge narrower. A clever and space-saving idea is to plant the hedge in a corner. Furthermore, you can also plant the trees and shrubs only in one row. If the available space is really tight, you can plant tall shrubs instead of trees in the core (zone 1). The minimum garden area you need for a wild hedge is 20 square meters.

Wild hedge of native shrubs, perennials and trees.

Create wild hedge planting plan from native shrubs


The first plant mix is made up of native shrubs, trees and perennials. Blackthorn is perfect for compacted soil and can thrive even in windy locations.

Plants for the hedge:

  • 50% of the hedge blackthorn (zone 2).
  • 10 % weeping cherry (zone 1)
  • 10 % black alder or field maple (zone 2)
  • 10 % dog rose (still known as dog rose) or hornbeam as possible substitute (zone 3)
  • 10 % hazel bush (still known as common hazel or wood hazel) Zone 3

Requirements for location and soil: Hedge plants do best in sunny to semi-shady locations. A moderately dry to fresh, sandy, alkaline to slightly acidic soil provides the best conditions for rapid plant growth.

Create a natural hedge: These wild hedge plants provide visual protection even in winter

Natural hedge planting and planting plan from native perennials and shrubs.

The next shrubs, trees and perennials provide visual protection not only in spring and summer, but also in autumn and winter. Their berries provide food for insects and birds, and the flowers attract bees. This wild hedge is guaranteed to remain an eye-catcher in the garden all year round.

Plants for the hedge:

  • 50 % of the hedge consists of hawthorn.
  • 20 % hornbeam
  • 10 % field maple
  • 10 % blackthorn (blackthorn)
  • 10 % privet

These wild hedge plants are also not particularly demanding. They thrive in sunny, as well as semi-shady and shady locations. The plants prefer moderately dry to moist soil with a high sand content.

Pruning and caring for a wild hedge

Create wild hedge in the garden instructions and planting plan


The natural hedge can handle little maintenance and is not particularly demanding. It is enough if you give the hedge a maintenance topiary every 2-3 years. This is more about thinning out, if necessary, so that all plants get enough sunlight. During prolonged dry periods in summer, you should also water the hedge from time to time.

A wild hedge enriches the garden and provides habitat for small garden animals, birds and various insects . It is low maintenance and undemanding. A natural hedge takes more space than an evergreen hedge, however, you can make it narrower with some tricks. When planting, you should pay particular attention to the division of zones.