Hedge design for Landscaping

Creating a hedge design and tree pruning are gardening techniques which can be used to great effect in virtually any size of garden. These techniques can be used to control and direct the size, shape, and direction of plant growth. When combined with plant supports, such as trellises and other plants, an interesting garden effect can be created. Of course, pruning is also used to encourage fruit tree growth and to improve plant health by encouraging air circulation. The use of hedge planting and pruning has been a feature of Mediterranean gardens and English classic garden design for centuries.

Hedge Designs for Cyder Cottage - Reds Landscaping and Design
Hedge Designs for Cyder Cottage.

Hedge Design for Shrub Growth Control

If shrubs and trees are allowed to grow uncontrolled, they may become too large for the space in your garden. Often, branches are left at an awkward height near pathways, which can result in safety issues. It is often the case that a tree or shrub will become misshaped through natural growth, and some pruning is required to improve its aesthetics.

Privacy Trees and Hedges - Reds Landscaping and Design
Plant Privacy Trees and Shrubs just for privacy purposes to shield out unwanted activity.

Hedge Design using the correct Pruning Techniques.

For flowering shrubs and trees, the correct pruning technique will encourage new growth of younger shoots and, in some cases, more flowering in the long term. Annual pruning of fruit trees will often result in better quality and larger fruit, as well as a reduction in fungal diseases.

Keeping your garden hedge well maintained in the first place, will save you money and add value to your property. A hedge that is not well maintained may not only lose its shape, but will leave bare patches of hedge when it is finally shaped with the trimmer or saw.

Living Hedge - Reds Landscaping and Design
A living hedge not only keeps livestock fenced but also prevents soil erosion and water runoff.
Hedge Design around a central boxed plant - Reds Landscaping and Design
Hedge Design around a central boxed plant.

Originally developed in Europe to grow fruit trees in a microclimate, a warm wall was used to provide heat and support to the plant. Later, trellises were also used to support espalier plants.

Shredded Hedge - Reds Landscaping and Design
Shredded Hedge.


Supports for espalier plants now include wooden, metal, and wire supports, as well as stone, brick, and even glass walls. Espalier is a great technique for improving the look of a fence or wall, especially in the case of a small garden.


Hedge Design with Pleaching - Reds Landscaping and Design
Hedge Design with Pleaching.

Pleaching is a great technique for creating a screen for garden privacy. Pleaching can be applied not only in a straight line but also as a circle or rectangle.


Hedge Design with Pleaching on a Tree - Reds Landscaping and Design
Hedge Design with Pleaching on a Tree.

Pleaching is a great way to create a green privacy screen in your garden. It can also be used to create an impenetrable hedge, which can be used as a fence. It makes a nice alternative to a wire fence in rural areas.

If you would like a qualified horticulturist to take a look at your hedging needs, contact us.

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Contact experienced landscape gardeners

For all of your garden maintenance needs or help with the design and development of your landscaping ideas, contact one of our experienced landscape gardeners. We can help with small garden design all the way up to commercial landscape design. Our specialties include fast growing screening plants, plant health, as well as horticulture, garden lighting  and outdoor pool landscaping ideas.

3D Renders – What To Expect

3D render allows you full access to see your future landscape as it would be built.
Renders allow you to visualize the designed spaces not only from top and side views but from every view: out of key viewpoints such as balconies, views from the spa, underneath the pergola: 3D modelling lets you spatially see how it all fits together.

Our render package includes 5–10 images like the one here, as well as a flythrough video, which takes you on a journey through your landscape. These are great for understanding how the area would be experienced, as you are seeing it as you would if you were really there.

Design Fee Proposal Options

Please see below the 2 options for your landscape design. These prices have been custom priced according to your brief, site conditions, and the landscape elements required.

2D Landscape Package

  • This option includes a 2D fully scaled landscape plan drawn at 1:100, with annotation depicting design elements on the plan.
  • A mood board document with indicative imagery, such as Pinterest photos of poolside paving, planting styles etc – all included to give an indication of the design intent.
  • A planting schedule and materials schedule will break down exactly what plant species and hardscaping materials are within the design.
  • You will be able to obtain quotes and build from these plans once the 2D Landscape Package process is complete and you’re happy with your design.
  • 4 hours of allocated change/revisions included in price, revisions beyond quoted amount will be charged at an hourly rate
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