January 04, 2013

I love yew, yew, and yew

Now, darling, that's a hedge!

For those fortunate 1%ers who have a few acres of frontage to work with,  consider this bad boy of a hedge above showcased recently in a blog I follow called Gardenista. (The post is titled "Renew with Yew: The Easiest and (Hardiest) Hedge for Your Garden")

The churchyard at Painswick with monolithic blocks of yew
Source: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/renew-with-yew-the-easiest-and-hardiest-hedge-for-your-garden/

I find yews overused but for good reason. They can really take hard pruning and/or regular clipping but are so slow growing. Cultivars of Taxus x media like "Densiformis", "Wardii", "Hicksii"  and "Hillii" are commonly found in our garden centres, nurseries and, therefore, local gardens. Inevitably, they are shaped into variations of meatballs growing 2 feet away from the front of the house. All this in the name of "foundation planting"! 

If shrub lollipops, popsicles and gigantic potatoids interest you, here's inspiration! I admit this would look fabulous right now with the snow we're having in Toronto. Your labour costs would likely go through the roof but so would the "wow" factor for an appreciative audience of this sort of look.

A random collection or a formal avenue of yews in Painswick, Gloucestershire
Source: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/renew-with-yew-the-easiest-and-hardiest-hedge-for-your-garden/