Pyracantha Hedging Guidei
The Ultimate Guide to Pyracantha Hedge Plants
An evergreen plant admired for its beauty, ornamental value and its practical attributes, Pyracantha is an incredibly popular hedge. Pyracantha is also known as 'Firethorn', originating from the Greek translation of 'pyr', meaning fire and 'akanthos', which means thorn.
Pyracantha hedging is known for its abundance of berries, which come in fiery, vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange. These berries appear in late summer, ripen in the autumn months and can remain until early spring, if the hedge is left untouched. Although Pyracantha is perfect for planting as a single variety, to create a bigger impact it should be planted as a mixture. That way, come summer, you'll be greeted with an explosion of colour and a bounty of berries.
Features of Pyracantha Hedging Plants
Before the berries make their debut, Pyracantha is decorated with clusters of pretty white flowers during the spring, which completely cover the foliage to create a lovely white canvas. The flowers are beautifully fragrant, offering an extra sensory element to the Pyracantha hedge. It's little wonder that Pyracantha is loved throughout the show garden community, as it is truly the perfect focal feature. You can shape and trim Pyracantha to create formal appearance and bring structure to a garden, or leave to grow for a more natural, bushy look - the practicality of Pyracantha hedging matches its beauty.
Prickly Pyracantha hedging also makes an excellent intruder-proof barrier - reaching heights of up to 3m, the dense structure of spiked branches makes Pyracantha an impenetrable hedge. It also boasts noise-reducing and windbreak abilities, as well as adding privacy. Pyracantha can also be trained as a climbing feature, adding a splash of colour and texture along walls and fences, or it can be positioned underneath windows as an extra deterrent.
The colourful berries found on Pyracantha hedges are an important source of food for many British garden birds, who also build nests among the thorny branches - it's a particularly wildlife-friendly hedge. Pyracantha flowers are also popular with bees and other pollinating insects, thanks to their rich supply of nectar. Being evergreen, this plant provides safe and secure shelter for a variety of wildlife during the winter. And, if you can get there before the birds, the berries on Pyracantha can be made into jams, jellies, marmalades and sauces - just make sure not to eat them raw!
Pyracantha Pruning and Aftercare
Suitable for inland sites, Pyracantha thrives in normal soil, sun or partial shade. A low-maintenance plant, Pyracantha hedging has an average annual growth of 30-60cm, but pruning after flowering will help keep its shape.
Other Prickly Hedging
Hedges Direct offers a range of colourful, pricky hedging plants that provide security whilst creating an eye-catching display. Popular spiky hedges include
Holly (Ilex Aquifolium), Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa), Dog Rose (Rosa Canina) and Gorse (Ulex Europaeus).
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