Living Fence: What it is, Types, Species and How to Care

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For you who want to close a space, the hedge can be a great option. With it you can form a private barrier ensuring that the space is away from prying eyes.

Besides, beauty is a differentiator. A well ornate wall brings a uniqueness to the environment, transforming it, bringing harmony and peace to the open area of ​​the house.

There are different types of hedgerows and each one has advantages and disadvantages. It is a great option for those who need to close a space, but want to decorate the environment. The ornamentation made possible by this type of wall is beautiful.

Image 01: Even on the facades of houses the hedge is majestic.

hedged facade

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What is a hedge?

It is a wall formed by trees and shrubs, planted in a way that forms a barrier or a demarcation of an area, closing spaces and guaranteeing, for example, a separation from neighboring properties.

They offer protection and privacy, closing the environments and forming a containment and separation of the delimited areas. It is a practical way to make a wall, as the shrubs grow quickly enclosing the area in question.

Image 02: Overlay common fences with the viva.

green fence on the facade

The hedge is used to delimit an area, without completely obscuring the view. It’s a way of protecting the place, but without completely covering the space. Shrubs are widely used in this type of fence.

It is widely used in landscaping, aiming to beautify an area by complementing plants, vases or whatever the imagination fits. It’s a good way to beautify a garden.

Image 03: The hedge can also have a deconstructed appearance.

hedged facade

Fences can be used to hide garden parts and machinery, such as the pool motor. Thus the fence serves as a harmonizer of the environment in question.

The hedge guarantees the privacy of areas such as the swimming pool. Your neighbors won’t be able to see you and that way you avoid looking by providing a private place outside your house.

Image 04: Make your home’s landscaping even more beautiful.

pool area with fence

Existing Types of Hedges

There are different types of fences. Also, they have various sizes each being used for a purpose. Let’s look at some of them:


Used as a lower space-delimiting fence, it measures up to 4 meters. Its flowering takes place in spring and bears its fruits in winter. It is a plant that resists well to the sun’s rays, besides having an exuberant beauty.

Image 05: The red tone stands out in the green.

fence with red flower

Drop of gold

It is a plant used to demarcate spaces. It can be used in different temperatures in the country, adapting to hot and cold climates. It has a lime green color and is widely used in landscaping.

Image 06: The drop of gold can also give flowers at a certain time of year.

ideas with a golden drop


It is indicated to block the strongest winds, has dense leaves and is easy to repair. It is a living fence widely used in the demarcation of spaces, harmonizing the place.

Image 07: Surely you’ve come across this plant in several fences. Mainly from older houses.

flowers to decorate

Box set

Plant that can reach up to five meters in height, Buxinho must be pruned in several ways and is very practical, having several features, including the demarcation of spaces.

Image 08: Perfect for making well-styled models.

drawings with plants


Dracaena’s hedge can be used to block wind and noise. The plant can reach up to six meters and adapts well to sunlight. With annual pruning, the shrub remains healthy and beautiful.

Image 09: The dracaena leaves an incredible visual appearance.

coated walls

How to care

  • Make a straight line marking where your fence will be;
  • Choose which plant to use and buy sprouts from the plant;
  • Remove weeds and plants from the line where the hedge will be;
  • Plow the soil on the line where the plants will be;
  • Put fertilizer in the soil where the shrubs will be;
  • Plant the shoots;
  • Place a two-inch hedge on the hedge line;
  • Water the line until the earth and soil settle;
  • Water the plants twice a week and a little more during the summer;
  • Fertilize plants twice a year;
  • Prune the bushes once a year;
  • From three to five years the plants will have their full size.

You can water the hedge through a perforated hose that will drip the fence along its entire length. Look at the fence leaves to see if they need water. In the colder months it is possible to leave the plant without water.

If you need a fence before the hedge can develop, use a wire fence. That way you can delimit the space without damaging the vision. After the plants are developed, just remove the wire.

Image 10: Carry out pruning whenever necessary.

pruning with equipment

Advantages of the hedge

Among the advantages of using live fences, the delimitation of space in a harmonious and natural way is highlighted. It fits into the environment and with its green it makes a big difference in the outdoor area of ​​the house.

It’s a much more practical way to make a wall. It is widely used in delimiting the neighbor’s area. With several meters the hedge adapts to the place and makes the area greener, more natural.

Image 11: Merge types of plants.

plant overlap

Unlike the concrete wall, the hedge brings beauty to the area. It is great for ornamentation, making the environment look fresh, bringing nature to beautify gardens and balconies.

Some plants used in the hedge can make a muffler sound. This way, the sounds from the street will not reach the fenced area, making the environment more conducive to family gatherings, parties and barbecues.

A hedge can also be a great option for those who want to keep the winds from falling into their garden. They are windbreaks and also prevent too much sunlight.

Image 12: Even if they are low fences, don’t miss one in your garden.

plant mixture

Decorating Tips

The plants used in living fences can have several uses, including decorating the environment. You can close walls with plants, use small shrubs around the area. Anyway, the possibilities are endless. Let’s see some decoration and ornamentation tips.

The Buxinho shrub can be used as garden borders. It looks very nice around the houses. It needs to be pruned regularly to maintain its regular shape. It is very nice when delimiting the pool area, for example.

Image 13: The cat’s claw vine is one of the most common models of hedgerows.

wall covered with vine

The shrubby Tumbergia known as the king’s cloak requires little care and is very practical. It grows up to 2.5 meters and looks beautiful when it displays its lilac flowers, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the environment.

The Murta hedge is a great option for those who need practicality and a high wall for more privacy. The property demarcation is beautiful with this plant that brings a homogeneous look with a beautiful green. With proper pruning and good conditions it grows to five meters.

Image 14: Those plants that cover pergolas can also help you on this journey.

wall covered with vine

Have you also a hedge

A hedge is a great choice for anyone who wants to demarcate their area, build a wall, or even decorate their environment. Many plants do not need regular pruning, which makes fence care practical.

In addition, they can contain the winds, reduce noise pollution, beautifying the environment, transforming it into a more harmonious and natural place. A hedge can completely change the leisure area, making it beautiful by surrounding a space such as the pool, for example.

Image 15: Go around walls.

naturally coated wall

The hedge is practical, cheap, and in a short time it shows all its beauty and splendor by surrounding a space, a house and wherever else you can imagine.

Image 16: Don’t forget to carry out periodic maintenance so that your fence is always beautiful and presentable.

high hedge pruning

Get inspired by these hedge models

Image 17: Roses are great options for this idea, as they have the ability to climb as they grow.

roses for hedges

Image 18: Even on out of season days you come across branches.

out of season spring

Image 19: Waiting to see your flower fence.

spring covering stone wall

Image 20: It will definitely be worth it.

spring in old metal wall

Image 21: The jasmine milk also brings a beautiful result.

milk garden hedge

Image 22: Bet on climbing plants.

wall covered with plants

Image 23: They give life and leave the environment more stripped.

hedge wall

Image 24: Ipomoea rubric (Ipomoea horsfalliae) is a vine that leaves wonderful fences.

Red morning glory (Ipomoea horsfalliae)

Image 25: Bamboo is also on the rise for use as a hedge.

bamboo for natural wall

Image 26: Even use green bamboo.

bamboo shoot

Image 27: Or he more mature.

bamboo for hedge

Image 28: Fence installed at the bottom of a living bamboo garden.

bamboo fence

Image 29: No matter its size, bamboo always looks perfect.

garden decorated with bamboo hedge

Image 30: Bet on customizing and making designs with the plant’s own trunk.

decorated bamboo

Image 31: As the plant grows, the effect becomes even more beautiful.

decorated bamboo

Image 32: So see more of this result.

decorated bamboo

Hedge with flowers

Image 33: Use flowering plants.

wall with flowers

Image 34: Besides having an even more beautiful fence.

decorative flowers for hedges

Image 35: You will attract different butterflies to your garden.

hedge with pink flowers

Image 36: Making everything even more beautiful to see.

natural low fence

Image 37: Place the bet of the mixes of tones.

plant mix for fence

Image 38: And look at the final result.

flower-covered fence

Image 39: Use tone on tone.

plants of various colors

Picture 40: Or isolated flowering plants.

fence with few flowers

Image 41: Let the arcs form.

flower portals

Image 42: And keep the beauty that a garden really deserves.

hedge model

Image 43: See this beautiful idea with the scent myrtle.

fence with white flowers

Image 44: Bring the field connection into your home.

flowers covering the wall

Image 45: Models with azaleas look amazing.

high fence with flowers

Image 46: Regardless of the format.

flower fence

Image 47: A golden bell forsythia is also a great choice.

yellow plants

Colorful inspirations

Image 48: Green with red is charming.

hedge with green and red plants

Image 49: But how about betting on roses?

roses covering the wall

Image 50: The cat’s claw is also an ornamental plant that looks great for a hedge.

yellow flowers for fence

Image 51: You can also mix plant types.

mix of plants for hedges

Image 52: The iota brings color and beauty to your garden.

red fence

Image 53: So look at this application on trails.

path with fences

Image 54: Decorating with delphinium is unparalleled.

Delphinium fences

Image 55: Make a fence on top of low walls.

roses for fence

Image 56: Spring can also be used.

pink spring foot

Image 57: See how it looks!

spring foot on the fence

Image 58: Roses give a romantic air.

roses on the fence

Image 59: See just one more idea.

flowers covering the wall

Image 60: But how about betting on hydrangeas as flowers for your fence?

flowers surrounding the lake

Image 61: It has an effect different from all the others.

blue flowers for fence

Image 62: And there are several colors to get inspired!

hedge with flowers

The green is also beautiful

Image 63: Keep your garden clean.

well-kept garden

Image 64: Use conical shapes to give your hedges breadth.

tall pines for fence

Image 65: But nothing prevents you from betting on straight models too.

hedge model

Image 66: Make small rectangles.

rectangular fence

Image 67: Let the plants grow naturally.

hedge at the edge of the street

Image 68: Or create characters like this dragon.

make drawings

Image 69: But remember to always be doing maintenance.

learn to prune

Image 70: Correct pruning is essential for the healthy development of the plant.

big hedge

Image 71: Use specific equipment to trim your green fence.

hedge maintenance

Image 72: With the plant well cared for, you can give it any shape you like.

drawings for hedges

Image 73: The rest of the garden just complements the beauty of your hedge.

straight hedge

Image 74: Bamboo is a great alternative for those who want beauty, freshness and practicality for fences.

bamboo hedge

Image 75: For those who are in the fashion for cacti and succulents, how about this idea?

about cactuses and succulents

Image 76: There are several planting options that you can carry out.

cactuses and succulents

Image 77: Another beautiful example with bamboos.

bamboo fence

Image 78: Bring nature to the facade of your city house.

hedged facade

Image 79: Whether it’s a house in the country, in the city or in a condominium, the hedge is enchanting.

hedged facade

Image 80: And finally, we could not fail to show the famous sites or farms that adopt this type of fence for their facades.

hedged facade

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