Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Autumn: Fagus sylvatica - common beech

 Fagus sylvatica hedge (right), and the north-facing hedge flower borders

When we first viewed our home, one of the things that quickly won me over was the beech hedge separating our garden from our neighbour's. Unlike a fence that blocks out light, a hedge allows light to filter through, even in the middle of winter. So it means that my hedge borders, which are north-facing, get a lot more light all year round, giving me a wider variety of plants I can grow in that space. Which is great, but in late autumn, it's all about the beech leaves for me.

And even on cold grey days, the colours still offer a warm glow like an open fire, and welcome colour.

And a beech hedge has the bonus of retaining it's gorgeous orange-brown autumn leaves right through until the next spring, only dropping them when the new green foliage comes through.

As is so often the case, common means beautiful.

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This is the last in my Autumn series. Other posts in the series:
  Autumn: Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
  Autumn: Prunus mume 'Beni-chidori'
  Autumn: in the Peak District
  Autumn: Salvia 'Amistad'
  Autumn: Cornus 'Norman Hadden'


  1. It is beautiful but more work than a fence!

    1. Yes, this is true. But I think the wildlife and light factor make up for that. Plus, they aren't that fast growing so you only need to trim them once, at most twice, a year.

  2. Sorry - not quite the comment you'd want, but I'm wondering how do you get your post (as opposed to blog) on Feedspot? And is it worth doing?

    Agree re beech - love it! Xxxx

    1. I don't know, as I don't know what Feedspot is?!

    2. Ah - right - I put you there, as a bookmark for me! And forgot I'd done it. Sorry! Xxxx


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