Hedge Plants for High Altitude Landscaping
When selecting plants for landscape hedges, consider where you live. Individuals living in higher altitudes will need to understand the terms in the area, especially during winter months. Not only do some plants struggle in high-altitude cold, however, the thinner air may also result in sprawling divisions, less foliage and much more difficulty creating a drop.
Compact Oregon Grape Holly
Compact Oregon grape holly bushes (Mahonia aquifolium “Compacta”) are evergreen plants which grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9 and are advocated for higher altitudes. This holly grows to a height of approximately 3 feet and rises fragrant, yellow flowers in the spring. Planted close together, they can out of a low hedge or boundary in partial to full sun.
Small Giant Dwarf Arborvitae
The little giant dwarf arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis “Little Giant”) rises to a height of approximately 4 feet, and spreads 4 feet wide. It’s evergreen, providing shade year-round. Although its natural growth pattern is round, it is readily trimmed into a hedge should you put several close together. Perfect for planting at USDA zones 4 through 8, it is suggested for higher altitudes. Set in full sunlight for optimal growth.
Golden currant shrubs (Ribes aureum Pursh var. Aureum) grow to a height of 6 to 9 feet and have light green leaves and small, fragrant blooms. These tall, hardy, deciduous plants produce a superb hedge and are frequently used at altitudes up to 8,000 feet. They grow well in USDA zones 2 through 8. Plant shut together to form a screen or hedge to guarantee solitude or keep the wind at bay.
The Peking contoneaster (Cotoneaster acutifolius) is a deciduous bush that’s hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8, functioning well in higher elevations. The Peking bushes grow to a height of 10 feet or more, allowing you to generate high hedges or barriers on your landscaping. They offer bright red leaves in the autumn and berries to attract birds and other animal life.