How to Hollywood Hedge

Posted by Thomas Jarnagin on 9/26/2019

Design the Right Hedge for Your Yard

In our modern times, privacy is one of the main features people want when designing a yard. Increased population and home builders trying to build more homes on their lot has reduced yard sizes in some areas and made privacy that much more important. 

Many tree and shrub options work amazingly here in our hot climate, but before you can choose them, you need to consider a few things before you start.

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How much Space Needs to be Covered?

First, what is going to be the overall length and height of the area that needs to be covered to give the maximum privacy? You can easily do this with a tape measure, google earth, or even the measuring app on your phone. 

How Many Hedges Can I Plant in my Yard?

Once you've decided on your height, you will need to think about your spacing. We recommend that hedges be planted nearly box to box or about three feet apart from each other. If you have 100 feet of space you'd like to cover with a hedge, you could use as many as 30 plants.

This distance could be pushed to as far as five feet apart, or 20 plants, if you'd like to reduce the number of plants purchased and you are willing to wait sometime for your privacy.  You can also determine your budget based on the age of plants you'd like to purchase as well.

Privacy Hedge Options

Once you have the height of your hedge and how many hedges you will need for your project, you can decide on the tree or shrub you will use. For hedges 10 foot and over, I would recommend using Ficus Columns or standard Oleanders.

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Ficus Columns

Ficus Columns will be the absolute evergreen trees that will give you the fastest growth and greenest foliage possible. This is our highest performing hedge and is our number one seller. We have planted these hedges in many high-profile celebrities’ homes. They can easily be spotted by the "wall of green" it provides.

Ficus Columns can be maintained as low as six feet high and can grow as tall as 40 feet. Now don't let the height scare you because these trees can be maintained at whatever height you'd like to keep them at for your privacy needs. Ficus columns are one of the cleanest options for your property and will be a gorgeous focal point of your landscape for years to come. 

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Oleanders

Oleanders will provide you with beautiful colors, and they come in multiple colors, including white, red, pink, light pink, and magenta. Our clients love these trees due to frequent blooming, fast growth, and outstanding hardiness. Oleanders top out around 15-25 feet tall and display lush green leaves accompanied by their signature blossoms.

Just like the Ficus Columns, these can be maintained at any height you would like. For frequent blooms, we do recommend fertilizing oleanders with our Moon Dust to help the push the most colorful flowers throughout the year.

An instant hedge is ideal; however, there are different sizes of trees and spacing for all hedge projects to work within your budget. Just ask your Moon Valley Nursery Professional to show you the best options!

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More about Hedges from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to watch a video of one of our nursery professionals explain why hedges might be the ideal design for your new yard.

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Click here to find out the benefits of designing a hedge for your home.

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Should You Plant a Hedge in Your Yard?

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/19/2019

Three Benefits of a Hedged Landscape

ficus columns hedge rowThere are many great reasons to plant hedges in your yard. Many varieties grow tall, which adds privacy between your home and busy streets or neighbors that might be just a few feet away.

Some varieties are great to plant to reduce nearby noise due to how dense the hedges grow and intertwine into each other. The density that hedges offer work great as wind and sound barriers as well, which protects your home from harsh weather.

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1.      Privacy Creation

Nobody wants to feel like they are being watched in their own home. Privacy creation might be crucial if your neighbor’s front door is right next to your front window or if your neighbors two-story home has windows that could easily see your entire property.

Without nosy neighbors and prying eyes, you can fully enjoy your outdoor space just as much as your indoor space. Hedges can also help block unwanted views around your home such as streets or passing cars.

Ficus Indian Laurel Columns

The Ficus Indian Laurel tree has lush, dense foliage and sturdy branches that can be pruned into almost any shape. Once established, these evergreen Ficus columns become very waterwise and can even thrive in full sun. Ficus trees are fast-growing, which means they will give you privacy quickly as they grow taller and thicker to create the perfect Hollywood-style hedge.

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2.      Noise Reduction

Trees and plants are great ways to help reduce noise in your home from the surrounding areas. As a homeowner, you know that you can only control so much around you, but most things, such as how loud your neighbors are or how close a school is,  is out of your hands! This is where a hedge can help! Plant a hedge wall with a tall-growing hedge with dense foliage.

Japanese Blueberry

The Japanese Blueberry tree is a visually appealing evergreen with thick, lush foliage and a striking leaf color that lasts all year. It thrives in full sun and can handle the cold extremely well, which makes it stay green and healthy through every season.

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3.      Weather Protection

Hedges can accomplish many things like adding privacy, reducing noise, and looking much better than any fence ever could. An awesome perk to planting hedges in your yard is the extra protection your home will have from natural elements. Once established with a secure root system, a hedge fence will be strong against harsh winds.

This can keep debris from getting into your yard and protecting your home, windows, and cars from getting damaged, depending on how you design your hedges. Large hedges are also great for adding shade and keeping your home cooler during the day.

Carolina Cherry

The Carolina Cherry has a natural upright cone-like shape and can handle routine trimming to fit a formal look while also looking great when grown out naturally. The dense foliage and high growth potential make the Carolina Cherry a perfect hedge to block out harsh weather. Once established, this evergreen hedge is low maintenance and drought-tolerant.

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The first step to creating the perfect hedge for your yard is to come into Moon Valley Nurseries and check out the best hedge material grown locally to create your ideal privacy barrier.

We custom grow nearly all our trees and hedge material in farms across the Southwest to create durable material that can thrive in multiple regions. Our custom-growing process allows us to create trees with higher standards and make sure our customers are investing in the best trees for their projects.

Our nursery professionals know how to help you choose the perfect hedge for any location. At Moon Valley Nurseries, with over 25 years of growing experience, we have cloned the perfect Hollywood-style hedges and have been planting them across the Southwest for decades.

Want to learn more about Hedges and Design?

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3 Designs That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Yard

Posted by Jessica Downs on 8/23/2019

Transform your Landscape

blog_main_pic_landscaping_around_poolsWith all the varieties of trees and plants available from Moon Valley Nurseries and our knowledgeable landscape design experts, there are infinite ways to put together an entire yard design just for your home.

Our favorite designs are the ones that completely transform our customer's yards overnight. Keep reading to find out how you could renew your yard with only a few trees. No matter what type of design style you are looking for, our design experts can create your perfect yard.

Add a Tropical Background Around Your Pool

Benefits of Planting Palms by the Pool

If you have a pool in your yard, then you are already halfway to having the ultimate tropical landscape. Good job! To finish off the look and bring the tropical island vibes to your home, you want to add some palms around your pool or yard.

Our nursery professionals recommend two ways to add palms to your yard and pool. The first way we might design around your pool is to plant palms close together to create a dense backdrop focused on your pool.

Another favorite design concept is planting palms more spread out throughout the yard to cover the landscape with palms and bring the resort-feel throughout your property.

Three of our ideal palms to add to this type of design are our Piru Queen, Date, and Mediterranean Fan palm varieties.

Palm Variety Suggestions for Arizona

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Date palms are the ultimate pool palm! You can find Date palms at most resorts and shopping centers. Around pools, Date palms provide excellent shade due to their full fronds and they have practically no litter, keeping your pool cleaner!

The Date palm looks excellent when planted in clusters of 3 to 5 and is hardy to cold and heat, and drought-tolerant.

 

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The Mediterranean Fan palm is a great palm that grows in multiple trunks and is considered slow-growing compared to other palm varieties.

These work great in areas where you do not need a ton of height and need something that will not outgrow its planting location. These palms are incredibly tolerant of numerous elements.

Piru Queen Palm

The Piru Queen palm is an exclusive tree from Moon Valley Nurseries. We specially designed our Piru Queen palms for our desert climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold.

These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see, and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. These palms are excellent when planted in groups to add shade and are fantastic in tight planting locations.

Create a Privacy Hedge Around Your Home

Benefits of Planting Hedges to Maximize Privacy

If you feel like you do not have the privacy you want in your home, hedges are one of the best design options that will solve your problem. They even add more benefits to your property as a greener yard, higher property value, and increased curb appeal.

Privacy is one of the most important things to us, and that we get to come home to a place that feels safe and away from the world. Not only does that apply to your home, but also your yard. Some of our favorite plant materials to use for privacy are our Carolina Cherry, Italian Cypress, and Indian Laurel Columns.

Hedge Material Suggestions for Arizona

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Indian Laurel Columns are our most popular choice for use as a formal landscape hedge. These massive evergreens provide ample shade and perform great when planted along property lines for blocking the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.

The Indian Laurel Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. They can be pruned into almost any shape and handle the warmer summer months very well.

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Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice for its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on brown thornless stems. The foliage can handle regular trimming and be sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes.

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Used for formal entrances, borders, and backdrops, the Italian Cypress is unmistakable with its lush green foliage and tall narrow upright form. Italian Cypress thrive in sunny climates with minimal water, making them a popular choice for just about any landscape.

This hedge material brings immediate formal appeal to your home with a bit of aesthetic from the European countryside.

Start Your Personal Orchard in Your Yard

Benefits of Growing Your own Fruit

The benefits of growing your own fruit include being able to produce fruit that tastes better, knowing that your fruit is pesticide-free, and having multiple varieties of citrus and fruit right in your yard!

Besides the harvest that they bring you annually (sometimes more often!), our citrus and fruit trees grow large enough to create shade in your yard and cool down your yard to grow shrubs and groundcover near your fruit trees. Three varieties that love the Arizona region are lemons, oranges, and apple trees.

Fruit Tree Suggestions for Arizona

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Meyer lemons are a favorite due to their many culinary uses and their thin peel that makes squeezing the freshest lemon juice a breeze!

A pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade is coming right up to make the summer even better.

 

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You don’t have to live in the Valley too long before you realize how popular Orange trees are around here. From the East Valley to the West, orange groves can be found all over the Phoenix area, from Mesa to Glendale.

Our Naval variety is considered an early fruit producer and typically ready for harvest in late fall through winter.

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Low-chill apple varieties that grow best in our area include Anna, Fuji, and Dorsett (Golden). When it’s hot and bright outside, these trees can also provide shade coverage.

These are excellent landscape trees that can add beautiful color to any yard.

 

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Click here to learn more about our landscape design consultations and schedule a consult today.

Visit us at the location nearest to you and let us help you get your project started!

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Click here to learn more about the official tree of Arizona, the Palo Verde. Our Nursery Expert shows you why the Palo Verde is perfect for our desert region.

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Top 3 Hedges to Give Your Home Privacy

Posted by Jessica Downs on 7/26/2019

Add Privacy to Your Property Now

Privacy is one of the most important things to us and it is important that we get to come home to a place that feels safe and away from the world. Not only does that apply to your home, but also your yard.

If you feel like you do not have the privacy you want in your home, hedges are one of the best design options that will solve your problem and add even more benefits to your home such as a greener yard, higher property value, and increased curb appeal!

Whether you are looking for a pure green “living wall” or something more colorful, we have many hedge options to fit your design needs! Learn more about some of our top hedges that our Arizona customers love to plant in their properties.

Indian Laurel Columns

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Indian Laurel columns, also known as ‘Ficus nitida’ are our top sellers when designing a formal privacy hedge. They are fast-growing and evergreen, which means they stay green and thick all year long! This giant hedge performs great when planted along property edges to block the sun, noise, wind, and any unwanted views.

The Indian Laurel hedge has lush, dense foliage and strong branches that can be pruned into almost any shape. Once established, these columns become very water-wise and thrive in full sun, which only adds to their appeal for Arizona property owners.

 

 

Oleander

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Oleanders are super drought-tolerant, so they are ideal for any landscape across Arizona. This tall, Oleander bush can be used, and looks great, as a colorful fast-growing privacy hedge. Oleander privacy hedges can be designed with different bloom colors such as red, pink, and white oleander flowers. They bloom from spring through fall, giving your home a lively “living wall”.

Because of their tolerance to drought, we love to use them in water wise, or low-water, designs. The oleander is a great addition to these types of yards because it brings foliage and colorful blooms and contrasts with the other plant materials around.

 

 

Bottlebrush Tree

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The Bottlebrush tree, also known as the Lemon Bottlebrush tree, is one of few hedge options with such bright red pops of color. This evergreen shrub works as a colorful hedge that makes for a fantastic addition to any landscape. With a height and width span of 3-10 feet, these will surely grow into a gorgeous privacy hedge.

The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall and can sometimes even go into the winter, creating a festive look. The Bottlebrush likes to be in full sun and only needs occasional deep watering, a bit more so in our hotter summer months.

 

Get Your Privacy Hedge Designed Today!

The first step to creating the perfect hedge for your yard is to come into Moon Valley Nurseries and check out the best hedge material grown locally to create your ideal privacy barrier.

The next step is to talk to a designer to get the best FREE design consultation in the industry.

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The Classic Italian Cypress

Posted by Jessica Downs on 7/19/2019

The Italian Cypress looks magnificent in any landscape and adds instant world charm to your yard or property. Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing hedge material from one of our nursery professionals.

The Italian Cypress. Such a tall slender shape, such a beautiful tree. It’s one of the true evergreens. Stays green year-round, little mess. You cannot get that Mediterranean look without having those Italian Cypress in there, whether your lining driveways or putting it behind a pool to give you that look that you are looking for. The Italian Cypress is without a doubt such a green drought tolerant plant that thrives out here in Phoenix. You’re absolutely going to love it.

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Ficus Indian Laurel Hedges

Posted by Jessica Downs on 7/19/2019

Need to design a hedge for your new home or property?

You cannot talk about hedges without talking about Indian Laurel Columns.

 

The Indian Laurel Columns is the only column that you could make the true Hollywood Hedge with. That’s when you go container to container to container with one trench to give you instant privacy, it’s probably the only tree that actually prompt a ton of growth through out the summer time so when were all dying in 120 this tree is loving it, taking it in and pushing out as much growth as possible. We as Moon Valley Nursery, we like to do our own things because we’re the grower we cut the middle guy. We take our own cuttings from our own mother trees and make exclusive Moon Valley acclimatized trees to your area. They provide such dense shade. It’s the cleanest tree you could possibly own. There’s not another tree that’s going to hit every mark for you and that is why the Moon Valley Nursery Column Indian Laurels is the best tree you could possibly own for any kind of privacy situation.

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Hedges that Offer Your Home Privacy and More!

Posted by Jessica Downs on 6/7/2019

Hedges are always a great addition to your home and landscape for many reasons!

  • They help reduce noise from roads, nearby parks or schools, and loud neighbors.
  • They block the view of two-story homes around you.
  • They also make incredible wind barriers.

Some of the larger hedge options we have at Moon Valley can even offer several feet of thick shade for your yard. Outside of their amazing practical uses, hedges that are well taken care of and properly designed are a sight to behold, especially in Arizona where most landscape designs are desert-style/xeriscape landscapes. A thick, wall of green foliage will stand out from the rest of the area.

As a bonus, some hedges can even bring colorful flowers throughout the year and shade to your home. Adding a fence is always an option. However, a natural solution for privacy will give you a higher increase in property value.

To take full advantage of owning your own hedges, we recommend buying them as big as you can. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are your privacy headquarters!

Why Your Yard Would Benefit from Hedges

The most obvious reason you should consider including hedges to your landscape is how quickly they can transform your home and add a classic, clean aesthetic. Installing a hedge for your yard will give you extra privacy and security. It also creates a personal oasis for you and your family.

Hedges Love Full Sun

Overall, most hedge materials thrive in full sun exposure. They can tolerate shady spots, but they prefer to bathe in the sun. Be sure to let our designers know about any shady areas of your yard so we can find you the best hedge option!

Why You Should Choose a Hedge Instead of a Fence

Hedges are a much better option than a boring fence and for multiple reasons! A hedge will bring life and texture to your yard and an increase in property value. You will fall in love with your yard once you’re in a private oasis surrounded by a living evergreen wall.

Fences can be unsightly and do not usually increase property value the way any landscape additions would. They also start to wear and will eventually need to be replaced. You might be paying for multiple fences and repairs, or you could invest in a hedge and add privacy, security, shade, and cooler air directly to your home.

Moon Valley Hedges for Your New Yard

Indian Laurel 'Ficus nitida' Columns

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Indian Laurel Columns, often called ‘Ficus nitida’ are one of the most popular choices for our customers that are seeking to design a hedge for their yard. These massive evergreens provide ample shade and perform great when planted along property lines to block the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.

The Ficus Nitida Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. They can be pruned into almost any shape and handle the warmer summer months very well.

Oleander

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Oleanders are super drought-tolerant, so they are ideal for any Arizona landscape. These can be used, and look great, as colorful fast-growing privacy hedges with blooms that can add hues of white, red and pink colors to our yards from spring through fall.

Create a living fence and enjoy the beautiful flowers and dark-green leathery leaves that help to make this one of the best spring hedges for our area. Hummingbirds love them when in bloom and we love them all year-round!  

Hopseed Varieties

Green and Purple

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Green (pictured) and Purple Hopseed are most often used as a filler plant to add texture and foliage to lackluster designs. They are also commonly used as screens and planted in rows to create a hedge.

Hopseed grows in an upright form and can reach as high as ten feet but can be trimmed to any size that fits your home. They are drought-tolerant and cold-hardy, once established.

Get Your Hedge Design Started Now

The first step to creating the perfect hedge for your yard is to come into Moon Valley Nurseries and check out the best hedge material grown locally to create your ideal privacy barrier.

Our nursery professionals know how to help you choose the perfect hedge for any location.

At Moon Valley Nursery, with over 25 years of growing experience, we have cloned the perfect Hollywood style hedges, which have been used all over the world!

Moon Valley Nursery now has free planting that includes our expert design, our world-famous Moon Juice, and of course the best family-run company in the world. We will always get the job done right!

With photos of your yard or a visit to your home, our designers will have everything they need to complete your vision. Click here for more information on landscape consultations.

Tree Care Services

Don’t forget about our Tree Care services in Arizona! We have a team dedicated to all your arbor needs such as removal, trimming, fertilizing, stump grinding, and anything else your trees might need this time of year. Get your trees ready for our summer monsoon season!

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Best Hedges to Plant in the Winter

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/18/2019

Hedges are very popular and there are several different types of bushes and trees that can be used to create a beautiful hedge. Hedges are useful for several reasons:

  • They help reduce noise from roads or loud neighbors
  • They block the view of two story homes & high-rise buildings
  • They help reduce dust and litter from blowing into your yard
  • The larger ones can offer several feet of thick shade
  • They block harsh weather and can be used as a windbreaker

Below is a list of 5 types of trees and shrubs that make great options when you are wanting to set up a hedge in your yard. These plants have also been chosen by their durability with winter planting. Keep reading and see which hedge/hedges are best for your designs!

 

Hopseed

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The Hopseed bush is a great addition for any Arizona yard. While it may not be what you think of when you are considering a plant for hedge material, it does the job perfectly. It also adds some unique texture and different look to your yard than a traditional hedge. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer both the Green Hopseed and the Purple Hopseed bush, which gives you different options depending on your landscaping needs. Both the Green and Purple Hopseed are quite similar except for one difference that you have probably already noticed – They are different colors.

When creating a privacy hedge, both Hopseed varieties will add a unique wall of color that contrasts well with surrounding foliage or when planted together. These fast-growing shrubs grow upright, which makes them easy to install in almost any location.

Carolina Cherry

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The Carolina Cherry has become a popular attractive tree for many homeowners in our desert region. The Carolina Cherry has a natural upright cone-like shape and its malleability to being trimmed makes it a great plant for hedges, short or tall. This tree can be pruned into other shapes as well and can handle topiary pruning. It is drought and heat tolerant, and requires minimal watering once established.

Its foliage is dark green, and it blooms small, creamy white flowers in the spring. The dense foliage and tall growth potential makes it perfect to block out everything from harsh weather and neighbors that are just too close. They can be easily sheared into a tall screen or sound barrier which make them a near-perfect option for many homes.

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A hedge of Oleanders will surely create an exciting view for you and your neighbors. They grow great in Arizona and can grow anywhere from as short as 3 feet to as tall as 20 feet, depending on which variety you plant and what type of hedge you want for your yard. Oleanders are extremely tough and can recover from almost anything the elements throw at them. These shrubs love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering option for your Arizona landscape.

The Oleander shrub displays a long-lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are lively and can extend into the cooler winter months. Preferably planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for homeowners who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property borders because of the trees ability to grow and maintain a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

Lemon Bottle Brush

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It is easy to see why Lemon Bottle Brush plants are often used as hedges throughout the Valley. With our natural landscape being mountain and desert color shades, the pop of red that comes from this plant makes any yard more interesting! They can bloom showy bottlebrush-like flower spikes that will paint a landscape with colors of bright red from the flowers and dark green from the foliage.

The Bottlebrush not only adds a splash of color to our desert environment, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies, too. These evergreen shrubs are a great way to create a colorful privacy screen when several are lined up along a property border. A great hedge design idea for the Bottlebrush shrub is to create small hedges around a backyard garden or a focal point in the front yard. The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall. 

Italian Cypress

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Native to the Mediterranean area, the Italian Cypress is well-known and often found in hedge form announcing formal entrances, borders and backdrops for impressive properties all over the world. Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long-living specimens of magnificence are well suited for modern living and vintage Mediterranean design styles.

Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape. We recommend these often for two-story homes as they grow tall and can block views from other homes nearby and give you a more relaxing view from your property.

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Not only do we have the best trees on Earth, we can deliver them to your home and plant them for you too. We offer every service that you might need when designing a new yard or redesigning an existing landscape, whether its 2 trees or 200, Moon Valley Nurseries has you covered! Make sure to ask us about free planting when you stop by your nearest location.

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Top 10 Most-Asked Questions about Hedges

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/28/2018

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Why would I want hedges for my yard?

The most obvious reason you want to have hedges added to your landscape is how awesome they can transform your home and give your yard a formal classic style.  This is a guaranteed way to increase your home value as well, with the instant curb appeal that hedges like the Italian Cypress offer.

There are many practical reasons to plant hedges too. There are varieties that grow tall, which adds privacy between your home and busy streets or neighbors that might be just a few feet away. Some varieties are great to plant for added security due to how dense the hedges grow and intertwine to each other. The density that hedges offer work great as wind and sound barriers as well.

How can I get an instant privacy hedge?

The best way to get an instant privacy hedge is to buy hedges that are a few years old already. While you can buy younger plants, you will have a waiting period as they grow. Some hedges grow much faster than others (and we will talk more about that below), however it will never be as fast as planting our specimen-sized hedges. Our specimen-sized hedges will give you the privacy and beauty you want and need from the first day they are planted.

When can hedges be trimmed?ITALIAN CYPRESS-1

For the most part, hedges can be trimmed at any time depending on how you use them in your landscape. Many hedge shrubs look great when grown naturally and left alone but many owners like to keep their hedges trimmed with a classic clean look. If you want a formal look, regular trimming will keep hedges neat and will train them to grow the way you want for your yard.

**If your hedge is a flowering shrub, we recommend pruning once their flowering season is ending or ended.

Can hedges grow in containers?

Yup! Hedges can be grown in containers. Not all varieties would do well in a container due to lack of space for the root system, but many do just fine. When you plant hedges in a container, you can plant them any time of the year if they are getting partial sun throughout the day. The only downfall is that the container will limit the growth potential of the hedge.

Can hedges grow in shade?

Overall, most hedge materials thrive in full sun exposure. They can tolerate shady spots, but they prefer to bathe in the sun. For shadier spots in your yard, hedges such as Carolina Cherry and Indian Laurel Columns are good choices if they can get some sun during the day.

Which hedges grow fast?

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With so many options to choose from for your hedge, there are many that grow quickly, especially when properly cared for and given top nutrients and fertilizers. Our Indian Laurel Columns are our most popular shrub to use as a hedge and can grow almost 2 feet a year.

Our customers usually ask about the fastest-growing shrubs we have because they want to benefit from their new hedge as soon as possible so it makes sense to want the varieties that grow fastest, right? Yes and no.

It is good to buy fast-growing shrubs if you like to play around with the size and shape or yard work is relaxing to you but if you want a fast grower because you want a privacy wall and don’t want to wait, then it might be best to consider our specimen-sized shrubs. Regardless of how slow they grow; the older plants will already be the size you want for your yard.

Why are my hedges dying?

The most common reason for plants in our landscapes to start dying is probably improper or too little care. It can be hard to keep up with the needs of your plants, especially when seasonal changes completely alter those needs every few months!

If you have an unhealthy-looking shrub, check out the trunk, branches, and leaves for any potential insect damage or disease. If everything looks good, it might be time to test the soil pH and see which nutrients your shrub might be missing. Lightly prune dead or weak branches to allow the sun to reach the bottom of your hedges better. Mulch can also help retain moisture to the roots during those hot months.

Choosing a disease-resistant shrub, such as a Japanese Privet, helps minimize the chances of having health issues in the future.

Which hedges produce colorful flowers?

Most people will picture the straight and formal look of a pure green hedge first but some of the best hedges are the informal kind that grow out naturally in their environment and produce flowers throughout the year. Flowering hedges are excellent options if you are looking to create a hedge with some flair.

One of our favorite flowering shrubs we use for hedge material is the Lemon Bottlebrush. It can be grown as a small tree and trained as a hedge. This shrub stays green all year but grows amazing red flowers that will surely catch your neighbor’s attention.

Why should I choose a hedge instead of a fence?

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Hedges are a much better option than a boring fence and for multiple reasons! A hedge will bring life and texture to your yard, an increase in property value, and peace to the whole world. Ok ok ok… you might not create world peace just by planting a hedge in your yard. But you will feel at peace once you’re in your private oasis surrounded by a living evergreen wall. Plus, you will be contributing to cleaning up the air around you and no fence can do that.

Hedges do everything a fence can do better. They create a private space for you, help keep noise and weather interruptions to a minimum, and can last for years and years. Fences can be unsightly and do not usually increase property value the way any landscape additions would. They also start to wear and will eventually need to be replaced. You might be paying for multiple fences or you could invest in hedges, which are more cost-effective from the beginning.

Where Do I Start?

The first step to creating the perfect hedge for your yard is to come in to Moon Valley Nurseries and check out all our hedge material options for yourself. Our nursery professionals are around to answer any questions and walk with you to show you the best options based on your needs. Once you have an idea of some varieties that you like, our designers can help you find the right variety for your yard. With some photos of your yard, or a visit to your home, they will have everything they need to complete your design. Click here for more information on landscape consultations.

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Moon Valley’s Top 5 Absolute Evergreen Hedges

Posted by Jessica Downs on 12/14/2018

Hollywood Hedge

Hedges are such an amazing plant that can be added in any landscape and make it look 10 times better, no matter how great it was before the hedges came along! There are multiple reasons that you might decide to add a hedge to your yard or add to your existing hedges.

The most popular reason people consider adding hedges is that they are seeking privacy from their surroundings for a more secluded vibe or to create a quieter retreat. Some may even want to add privacy hedges to use their front yard similarly to the backyard such as a small patio area, or another outdoor space for kids to play safely.

Whatever your reasons might be for wanting to add new hedges or spruce up existing hedges in your yard, our Absolute Evergreen hedges are a must for an all year, all green look.

Indian Laurel Columns

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Indian Laurel Columns, also commonly known by their scientific name - ficus nitida, are our most popular hedge material shrubs when customers are looking for a formal landscape hedge. These potentially large (depending on how you want to prune them) evergreens provide plentiful shade and perform great when planted along property lines for blocking everything! Well, it blocks almost anything like the sun, noise, wind, and unwanted views.

Indian Laurel Columns have lush, dense foliage and strong softwood branches. It can be pruned into almost any shape, but we love to let these grow large and tall for ultimate privacy. This plant also handles the warmer summer months very well, so it won’t need much special care during our hot months, except maybe a bit more water.

Italian Cypress

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The Italian Cypress are known for their dramatic look and how you can find them planted while they lead you to formal entrances or lining a long driveway. This plant is unmistakable to most, with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form. These long-lived specimens of magnificence are well suited to modern living as well. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape, especially ours.

Plant these columnar evergreens in a row and create an attractive natural property divider. You can plant these narrow fast-growing privacy hedges in your yard to bring the look of the Mediterranean to landscapes throughout the Phoenix area. Their elegant and classy appearance makes them a landscaping favorite!

Carolina Cherry

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Native to the Southeastern United States, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice due to its minimally needed upkeep, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate some of our common weather issues - heat and drought. This hedge variety enjoys the full sun but can also be planted in areas that receive partial shade.

The Carolina Cherry is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage on strong, brown branches. They can be trimmed easily into a tall screen or sound barrier, which make them a near-perfect option for many homes. The Carolina Cherry is a fast grower and can easily live for over 50, if not 100, years. These hedges will increase your property value for generations!

Lemon Bottlebrush

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The Lemon Bottlebrush is the only hedge option on this list that grows strong pops of color all throughout its foliage. This evergreen shrub works as colorful hedge that makes for a fantastic addition to any landscape as a complete hedge, or as part of a hedge to add accents. The showy red flowers can stay that way nearly the whole year. With a height and width span of 3-10 feet, these will surely give you a lively and thick hedge, once established.

The Bottlebrush blooms in spring with some off-season blooms in the fall that attract pollinating insects and hummingbirds. The Bottlebrush likes to be in full sun and only needs occasional deep watering, a bit more so in our hot summer months. Train it while it’s young and it will shape into nearly any size desirable. 

Japanese Privet

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The Japanese Privet is an ideal solution for those who want an evergreen and low maintenance hedge. While there are Japanese Privet trees that can add some textured green to your yard or maybe even create a floating hedge above your fence, most customers use them to create living privacy walls. This shrub can add be pruned into a more formal look but looks amazing when allowed to keep its natural, informal shape.

Japanese Privets are great additions to your yard and love the southwestern weather. They do best when planted in partial sunlight and is tolerant of the low desert temperatures come winter. For a short time in late spring, this privet will produce white flowers, offering a bit of extra color to your landscape.

Moonie Community

Do you have any of these hedges in your yard? Let us know how you like them! Using other shrubs in your hedge? Share them with us. We love to learn how our customers are doing with their own yards! 

The Moon Valley Difference

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we are proud of the quality hedge material we have to offer to our customers and we love how amazing a hedge is when added to your landscape and how easy it is for them to fit into almost any style.

Whether you are looking for dense shade or flowering hedges, we’re sure to have the perfect hedge material for your landscape. If you have any questions be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations.

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