What is a good native shrub for a small, narrow property line?
I’m looking to put in a small hedge in along my property line. The site receives part-sun, and is on the dryer side. It’s a relatively narrow area, so I don’t want anything really large or fast growing. Do you have any suggestions for native plants for this spot?
Lynne M. Holland, Horticulture and Social Media Professional
I have found that a nice option for hedges are columnar junipers if you also want these hedges to deter traffic (wildlife) through the yard, They are very dense and there are several options depending on the final height you are seeking. I softer hedge could be made of fruit shrubs such as Highbush Blueberries or American cranberry. They are not real narrow but they don’t mind pruning. The University of Colorado has a nice list of columnar/fastigiate trees and shrubs worth looking at. Many of them would be hardy in Maine as well.