Mixed Mediterranean hedge, how to take care of it

Mixed Mediterranean hedge, what is it?


The mixed mediterranean hedge it is simply a hedge made up of different types of plants, these can be species such as Holm oak, Laurel, Eleagno, Pittospore, Common Myrtle, Lentisk, Osmanthus, Strawberry Tree, Oleander etc.

The hedge is used to create a natural division with the border of the neighbors, to generate coolness and privacy, as well as to give a touch of elegance to the garden.

There are different types of hedges, such as the mixed Mediterranean countryside hedges, the garden hedges or the colored hedge, going to draw a composition on the lawn.


In the classic Italian garden, among the types of hedges, the most common is the formal hedgethat is, one hedge made with a single species of plant.

As said the mixed hedge it’s a informal hedge, that is, made up of different plant species. The characteristic of a mixed hedge is certainly the non-homogeneity of the shapes. In fact, the different species present will give an uneven shape that will make the garden really beautiful to the eye.

Furthermore, it should be remembered that the maintenance of this type of hedge must be targeted for each type of plant present and cannot be done as is the case for a formal hedge.

Mixed Mediterranean hedge, how to choose the species to insert?


To create a mixed Mediterranean hedge, we usually start with the choice of plants to grow, so as to give birth to the informal mixed hedge.

The beauty of mixed hedges is that there are no rules.

In fact, in order to choose the species to be included, objective factors such as climate and area of ​​residence must be evaluated, so as to make our hedge always thick and luxuriant.

Another element, we could consider inserting an evergreen plant, so as to be suitable for the four seasons.

We must not make the mistake of combining too many different species, we could generate the opposite effect and make it unpleasant to the eye, especially in situations where space is limited.

If the hedge has a length of 15/20 meterswe could opt for 6 different species, for example, so as to obtain an informal appearance, alternating these 6 species in the meters available can generate beautiful fantasies.


Therefore, in addition to the analysis of the zoneto understand which plants manage to survive and which do not and once purchased we will only have to sow and generate reasons not to make them out of tune with the surrounding landscape and with the garden itself.

We could choose the arrangement based on the blooms of the plants, for example, so as to generate an explosion of colors.

Net of the choice, it will be necessary to evaluate above all the maintenance to devote to the hedge and daily care, in the event that the irrigation is automated this will be one less thought, but in the event that the irrigation has to be done by hand it will be an additional piece to put on the scale.

Mediterranean mixed hedge, care tips


In order to be able to talk about care, within a mixed hedge, it will be necessary to enter into the perspective that the latter must be targeted for each type of plant present. We could proceed with some examples and see how to care for a mixed evergreen hedge, or care for a mixed hedge with oleander.

In the first case, namely the evergreen mixed hedgewe must first understand what evergreen tree tree there is.

For example, let’s imagine that there is a Pothos; this type of plant is easy to care for, the important thing is to place it in a bright place and protect it from the dryness of the air.

The soil, in these months, must be moistened and we could interfere with the growth of the plant, perhaps pruning it and not making it grow too much.

Mixed evergreen hedge
In case our mixed hedge consists of Oleandersit means that our choice fell on ease hedge management. In fact, the mixed oleander hedge is one of the easiest to manage.

They need to very little water and they grow well both in the ground and in pots and give a touch of elegance to the mixed hedge.

The Oleander love the light and, therefore, the ideal position is that in a very bright place, obviously the care must be done during the period in which the flowers wither. In fact, it is good practice to immediately clean the Oleanders from withered flowers as they take away nourishment from the new blooms.

Mixed Mediterranean hedge, how to install it


To germinate a mixed Mediterranean hedge you need time, patience and careyou can generate different designs on the lawn to achieve the desired effect and enjoy the play of colors and shapes that will follow.

Several people use the sketch technique.

It starts with one sketch on a sheet of paper, going to predict the layout plants, where to sow them and in what order, and generate games with low-trunk trees or choosing where to insert touches of color.

Following the sketch you will begin to carefully select the type of plants to buy, as mentioned, paying attention to the climate and the type of drum desired.

Shaping of a hedge
Subsequently, following the sketch previously made, we will begin to sow and water the different species regularly, paying close attention to which of them will need more or less water, but above all, which of them will need specific treatments to allow them to grow regularly, avoiding contracting fleas or making the leaves sick.

Finally, once the hedge is high enough, we need to start cut the tips and to give it the shape we want.

The same goes for flowering plants: it will be necessary, as anticipated, to be careful to remove the dry shoots so as to allow the plant to receive the necessary nutrients and reinvigorate itself every time.

Maybe, an extra touch of attention will have to be given during the autumn and winter season, so as to avoid frosts and allow the plant to continue to germinate.


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