Hedges nestled along the landscape help to create a makeshift barrier around the home and garden. Flowering plants like perennials are ideal hedge plants to provide a sea of color and texture along the landscape and draw your eye into the space. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, plants like shrubs and trees also make vibrant and ever-lasting displays to create shade and privacy around the garden.
Orange jessamine (Murraya paniculata) is a broadleaf, evergreen plant with thick, lush foliage, creating the ideal hedge plant. As a subtropical to tropical shrub or tree, it can grow up to 20 feet tall but is typically remains within the range of 8 to 12 feet tall and wide. The glossy, dark green leaves on orange jessamine are comprised of three to nine ovate, leaflets that grow 2-1/2 inches long. The fragrant, white flowers bloom several times throughout the year and in conjunction with with the 1/2-inch-long, red fruit. According to Missouri Botanical Garden, "flowers have the scent of orange blossoms, hence the common names of orange Jessamine and mock orange that are sometimes applied.” Orange jessamine grows best in full sun to part shade and well-drained, rich, moist soils. It is suitable to grow in USDA zones 10 to 12.
Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Laura') is an herbaceous perennial that has an upright, clumping form to grow 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, creating an ideal hedge to grow among the landscape. The 1/2-to-1-inch-wide, fragrant, tubular flowers of garden phlox that are comprised of five petal-like, flat lobes to make up the large, pyramidal clusters of 6-to-12-inch-long panicles or blooms. Garden phlox flowers are purple with a contrasting white center or “eye” and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds to the garden. The 5-inch-long, lance-shaped foliage on garden phlox is pointed and flanks the upright, stiff stems. Garden phlox grows best in full sun and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. To promote a long flowering season, deadhead the faded or spent blooms. Plant garden phlox in USDA zones 4 to 8.
Winter Daphne (Daphne odora 'Marginata') is an evergreen shrub that blooms through winter to keep the garden in color and provide warmth during the oftentimes colorless season of winter. It grows up to 6 feet tall and wide and produces fragrant, rose to pink flowers that open to a pure, crisp white. The foliage on winter Daphne is edged in yellow to create a striking contrast to the deep green, oval-shaped leaves. Versatile, winter Daphne is frost-tolerant to bloom in below-freezing temperatures. Winter Daphne grows best in full sun to part shade and fertile, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter and slightly acidic to alkaline. It is suitable in USDA zones 7 to 9.