Most people choose to buy instant hedges as they add an amazing amount of privacy to your home. I wanted that, but I also wanted to have shade and shelter in my garden as I live in a hot climate. When I sit outside or my dog lounges in the yard, it gets a little too hot. With no shade, on the hottest days it’s unbearable.
So I visited a garden center near my house and engaged the gardener in a conversation about the best instant hedge for shade. He immediately pointed out several that would work great — a red cedar hedge and one comprised of laurel hedging among them. These are fast growing hedges, so within a few weeks of planting you already have thick hedges around your property adding shelter for your flowers and shade for you.
Now sitting outside is wonderful. For me and my dog.