Create a mixed hedge made up of different species of shrubs such as boxwood, peashrub, ninebark and Japanese spirea. Give style to your backyard

The ever popular hedge marks your property line and literally adds cachet to your yard. Many varieties naturally grow into a shape that's perfect for hedges, and some of the new ones are hardier and more resistant than ever.

Why not plant other species near your hedge and add interest to its changing form and colour over the seasons?

Other options:

Une haie : des arbustes à découvrir

Buxus ‘Green Mountain’

‘Green Mountain’ Boxwood

This beautiful addition to any English-style garden also works well as a medium-sized hedge that’s easy to trim. Its dense, dark green foliage will persist, on the trimmed, uniformly pyramidal plant, into the winter months if protected from the coldest temperatures.

Buxus green velvet

Buxus ‘Green Velvet’

‘Green Velvet’ Boxwood

One of the best cultivars for a backdrop or low, dense hedge. In rich soil, it will spread well and will be easy to trim. Its little round, dark green leaves will overwinter.

Caragana arborescens

Caragana arborescens

Siberian Peashrub

An extremely hardy, undemanding Caragana that tolerates dryness to produce a high, free-form or sculpted hedge. Appreciated equally for its delicate, yellow spring flowers, bright yellow, autumn foliage and small bird-attracting berries.

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Cotoneaster acutifolia

Peking Cotoneaster

When used to create a hedge, this hardy Cotoneaster will create a dense screen with its green foliage and little pinkish white flowers in spring, leaves that turn yellow and red in the fall, and near-black fruit that will last into winter, if the birds so permit.

Chevrefeuille nain clavey dwarf

Lonicera xylosteoides ‘Clavey’s Dwarf’

‘Clavey’s Dwarf’ Honeysuckle

This hardy, diseases-resistant little bush’s blue-green foliage and understated, creamy white flowers conspire to create a very pretty, compact and rounded hedge. At summer’s end, expect flocks of birds attracted by the little red berries.

Physocarpe feuilles obier nain

Physocarpus opulifolius nanus


Makes an elegant, original hedge with its pinkish white flowers that precede red berries and their attendant hungry birds. The small leaves, which turn red in fall, are less dentated than is usual for a Physocarpus.

Ribes gadelier alpin

Ribes alpinum

Alpine Currant

Dense and compact, this shrub’s trilobate, dentated, dark green foliage will enhance any flower bed with its abundant scarlet red, edible fruit, thriving all summer long. Provide with rich, well drained soil and trim at will.

Rosier feuilles pourpres

Rosa rubrifolia

Redleaf Rose

This central European import is a study in contrasts with its small bouquets of pink flowers sprinkled among purple, emerald and bluish-grey foliage. Since it is so gracious, dense and colourful, it’s perfect for a free-form hedge.

Saule arctique bleu gracilis

Salix purpurea ‘Gracilis’

Dwarf Arctic Willow

You’ll love its naturally rounded form and fine, arctic-blue foliage. Great for making a magnificent hedge as it grows rapidly, tolerating wind and dryness.

Sureau du canada

Sambucus canadensis

American Elderberry

The dense, quickly growing foliage will rapidly help you create an original, intimate garden. In summer the remarkable ivory flowers emerge. In autumn, birds are attracted to its numerous black fruit.

spiree japonaise golden carpet

Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Carpet’

‘Golden Carpet’ Spirea

This Spirea has yellowish spring foliage that turns green over the summer, as it hides behind numerous bunches of pink flowers that survive until autumn. Being a dwarf variety, it’s great for creating a border or low hedge.

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Spiraea japonica ‘Green Carpet’

‘Green Carpet’ Spirea

One of the smallest ‘Carpet’ Spireas, making it ideal for mosaics, low hedges and flower beds. Its little bunches of pink flowers persist all summer, and the delicate, bright green foliage turns purple in autumn.

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Spiraea japonica ‘Sparkling Carpet’

‘Sparkling Carpet’ Spirea

Its bronze leaves turn lime-green as they grow, and then mahogany in the fall. Throughout the summer months you’ll be delighted by a carpet of flowers, whether you use it to form a low hedge, embellish your flower beds, or for foundation planting.

Symphorine blanche

Symphoricarpos albus

Common Snowberry

An indigenous, highly adaptive shrub that will eliminate any dark corner with its long-flowering white blooms, followed, in autumn, by a multitude of long-lasting white berries. Expect them to grace its arching stems into the first months of winter. Cut back in early spring.

Thuya du canada

Thuja occidentalis

Eastern White Cedar

The ideal cedar for a very high, dense hedge. A perfect visual and conceptual border that also has the advantage of giving off a lovely woodsy odour, particularly when being trimmed. Likes constantly humid soil as much as it dislikes drying winds.

Thuya du Canada nigra

Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’

Thuya du Canada ‘Nigra’

An extremely hardy cedar with an attractive conical form, a wide base and a tip that naturally points skywards. It’s frequently used for hedges, but needs to be protected from strong winter winds, especially in the early years.