Hedges are the best way to create natural fences between properties and around homes. Very fast growing hedges quickly form dense barriers and create both beauty and privacy. The choice of hedge is best made according to the purpose of the hedge and the growing conditions of the site. Plants with compact, dense foliage of medium and fine leaves grow into effective hedges, some very quickly.
Silky dogwood (Cornus amomum Mill.) is a very fast growing shrub that makes an attractive hedge. The plant blooms with clusters of white flowers during spring, followed by white and blue fruit during fall. Silky dogwood is deciduous and grows to a mature height of about 12 feet with a 6 to 9 foot spread. Silky dogwood has an upright, mounded growth habit. The stems take root where they touch the ground. The foliage is dark green and ovate. The plant grows best in average-draining, moist and coarse soil. Silky dogwood is well tolerant of shade but is not as tolerant of drought.
Cheyenne privet (Ligustrum vulgare ‘Cheyenne’) has dark green, dense foliage and glossy leaves. The plant is heavily branched and has a rapid growth rate, creating thick hedges quickly. Cheyenne privet makes ideal privacy screens and windbreaks. The hedge grows to a mature height of 8 to 10 feet with a 6 to 8 foot spread and grows best in areas of full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Cheyenne privet is partially deciduous, retaining its leaves halfway through fall. The plant blooms with white flowers during spring and is also drought tolerant.
Purpleleaf sandcherry (Prunus x cistena) is a medium-sized, ornamental shrub with a fast growth rate. The multi-trunked plant has bright red-purple, 2-inch-long, elliptical foliage that gradually changes to a bronze-green during fall. The foliage colour changes beginning during summer if the plant is grown in areas of shade. The white-pink flowers bloom during April. Purple sandcherry grows to a mature height of about 8 feet with an equal spread. The plant has an upright growth habit and can be pruned easily to desired height.