Our native hedgerows are looking beautiful at the moment
They’re full of flowers like this dog rose:
and Viburnum opulus ( guelder rose):
these lovely creamy-white flowers will be followed in the autumn by deep-red, transclucent berries and fiery coloured leaves.
Not only do these hedges look good, they make a good barrrier and create wonderful habitats for insects, birds and small mammals. Providing food, shelter and nesting sites for birds.
They’re easy to re-create too.
Just plant small, bare-rooted saplings in autumn in ground that’s been cleared of weeds.
In return for providing these habitats; birds and insects will eat up the insect pests that we don’t want in our gardens and our plants will be healthier. So much better than using chemical sprays.
images: Jill Anderson