Viburnum opulus 4I have been taking some more photographs of front gardens and this week I have visited a street in Letchworth Garden City – to further build on my ideas for creating a hedge directory if you will, although, I am keen not be prescriptive in my endeavours. I firmly believe that a garden hedge can be created from a very wide range of plants.

Of course the basic reasons for having a hedge in the front garden is ultimately to define one’s boundary – a clear statement of demarcation between what yours and theirs. Hedges also serve to adorn the front garden by creating a frame within which you can create your own green space and ensure privacy from passers by. A front garden is often associated with exits and entrances – as we use pathways to arrive and leave our homes, the front garden can often get overlooked.

Although some front gardens can also be an enticement, a statement about what more there is beyond it, both within the home and in the back garden. Perhaps we have lost the value of the front garden over time and busy modern lives mean there’s barely enough time for including it on the ‘to do list’. My ‘Hedge Revival’ is going to encourage everyone to take part no matter how small your frontage is, there will be a plant for every situation.

So what is a hedge anyway? You may think it odd that I ask this question but it really is useful to define what it is so that we can go on to create them. I’m not the only person asking this question as I recently found out when reading Hugh Barker’s Hedge Britannia in which Hugh cites ‘One simple dictionary definition is ‘a line of closely planted shrubs or trees forming a barrier or boundary’. Yep, we get the basic premise..

Here are a few examples of front gardens I spotted during my walk-about this week and it’s got me thinking..

Until next time..

Vivre la hedge!