How To Garden For Security
When you’re choosing plants and bushes to go in your garden, keeping intruders out probably isn’t at the top of your list, but one gardening expert has pointed out that there are many bushes and shrubs that can look beautiful, but also act as a deterrent to anyone trying to access your property.
Writing for the Isle of Wight County Press, Richard Wright extolled the virtues of holly, noting that these trees provide “deep green or variegated foliage” all year, as well as their distinctive red berries bringing a pop of colour to gardens at an otherwise rather drab time of the year.
Another plant to consider for hedging in Somerset is pyracantha, Mr Wright suggested. This shrub can either be used as a free-standing hedge, or trained against a wall or fence.
Pyracantha is also known as firethorn due to the long and very sharp thorns it has. Mr Wright noted that to grow a hedge, you need to position the plants around half a metre apart. “Within a couple of years they will be almost impenetrable by human or animal,” he commented.
Like holly, this too has bright red and orange berries in the winter months, as well as being evergreen, hence why it is a popular choice for garden hedges.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, pyracantha is an easy shrub to cultivate, and considered to be very hardy. The organisation also notes that although you’ll need to water it to help it establish after it is first planted, once this period has passed you will need to do very little to keep it healthy.