How to grow a willow hedge: which variety to choose and how to best treat it. Instructions for making a willow hut.
All willow species are resistant to pruning but not all are suitable for creating a perimeter or separatory hedge in the garden. Formake a willow hedgeyou must choose allvarietywhich in nature meet the required characteristics. The choice is not so immediate because many willows can hybridize and give life to intermediate forms and characters.
When you wantgrow a willow hedge you just have to exclude the species with non-adjustable tree habit with pruning just like the famous onesweeping willowsor the winding willows. Willows also lend themselves well to the creation of "live" gazebos and huts. Bushy species are usually chosen that can produce long, straight branches.
Among the species most suitable forcultivation of the hedge we point out these three willows:
- Swiss willow, scientific namesalix helvetica.
- Willow rosemary, botanical name salix rosmarinofolia.
- Willow astatus, scientific namesalix hastate.
Other instructions for thewillow cultivation: willow cutting.
Swiss willow hedge
TheSalix helveticait's aWillowtypical of the Alps also known as Swiss willow. If you intend to grow a willow hedge you must keep in mind the characteristics of this plant.
It has very small dimensions and rarely reaches 100 cm in height, so it is a suitable plant forlow hedges. In addition to low hedges, it can be grown as the first curtain of a very elegant double-depth hedge.
The cultivation of this willow requires fresh soils and not in too sunny positions (for a half-shade hedge). It has two-colored oval leaves: the upper page is green-gray while the lower one is clear.
The Swiss willow is cultivated for its reddish male catkins which color when the young leaves are opened and collected in rosettes.
Rosemary willow hedge
TheSalix rosmarinifoliaowes its name to its leaves similar to those of rosemary. It grows spontaneously only in Liguria and has a height between 120 and 150 cm, so it is suitable for setting uphedgeshalf-height.
Forms a dense impregnable bush. It can be grown well on humid soils, is well suited for cultivation along waterways, ditches and does not need much maintenance. You can let it flourish freely or regularly with pruning: its shapes are never messy so you have a lot of free space.
The only sore point is that it has an inconspicuous flowering.
Astatus willow hedge
Its scientific name issalix hastataand grows spontaneously in many areas of northern Italy and in those belonging to the Tosto-Emilian Apennines.
It is suitable forcultivation of hedgeswith a height of 150 cm. It adapts very well to any moist soil. It has brown branches with variations on red and gray. It has an ascending posture and elliptical leaves.
ThisWillowit is cultivated for its abundant blooms with catkins carried upwards and of a silvery color.
Willow can also be grown to set uphuts and gazebosnatural. For an enviable-looking natural hut you can grow red willow, white willow and brittle willow.
Thewillow hutsYes they cancultivatestarting from the cuttings. Better if you start cultivation on a waning moon. Start with cuttings at least 2 meters long and possibly uniform in size (both in diameter and in height).
The cuttings must be at least 2 years old so that they can enter strong roots and develop at their best. For cultivation, draw the circular base of the hut on the ground with a diameter of at least 300 cm.
Dig a trench around the entire perimeter and plant the cuttings in groups by placing the various groups at a distance of 30 cm from each other. Leave a 90 cm opening for the entrance to the hut. In the terminal part, the cuttings are joined together with a very tender tie.