Country Life in Japan: 田舎暮らし/二拠点生活

Country life in traditional Japanese house

生垣 / Hedge






In considering which tree to use for the hedge, we considered the following:
1) Is it a Japanese tree or a tree from other country?
2) Whether it has flowers to bloom or do not bloom
3) Evergreen or deciduous tree
4) How high is the hedge?

For 1), the house is a Japanese-style building, and we have been planting the trees with the policy that it is basically Japanese trees although this garden does not have as much Japanese style as the inner garden. Considering this, we thought it should be good to use Japanese trees for hedges.
For 2), many flowers are going to bloom in the flowerbed, so flowers are not necessary for hedges. Or we may have one that blooms in summer or autumn since many flowers in the flowerbed bloom in spring.
For 3), we thought that evergreens are better, but deciduous trees that are colored in autumn are not bad either.
For 4), we don’t need to blindfold with a hedge, so we think that a hedge around 1 meter would be fine.

Under the above conditions, the candidates are boxwoodmakiazaleacamelliaosmanthus fragrans, etc.
Boxwood and Maki are common Japanese evergreens hedges with no flowers. This can be too boring to be made as a hedge in the flowerbed.
Azaleas are also common, but flowers bloom. However, the time is in spring.
The camellia is an evergreen tree that blooms in winter, and I really like it, but the problem is that it is vulnerable with the pest called tea tussock moth, and if we touch it, we will get a rash.
Osmanthus fragrans is also evergreen, and I love the flowers that smell very good in Autumn. Only the concern is it grows fast. Also, we already have two of them in the inner garden.
As a result of various thoughts, we chose Enkianthus perulatus!
This has white flowers in spring and red leaves in autumn, which is very beautiful. This is easy to care for, and not growing too fast.