July 16, 2022

Pruning the Hedges Around My Pool

Another good pruning job is complete at my Bedford, New York farm - this time, on the hedges surrounding my swimming pool.

In 2018, we planted more than 170 purple columnar beech trees, Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' along the inside of the pool fence. The columnar beech is a splendid tree with deep-purple foliage that holds its color all season long. Around the outside of the pool fence, I have a hedge of two dark-colored burgundy-black leafed specimens - Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ and Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple' shrubs. I always try to incorporate unique and interesting plantings into my gardens - all these have superlative color and appealing form. This week, my crew gave the hedges a good pruning to keep them all healthy and looking their best.

Enjoy these photos.