July 7, 2022

Summer Pruning for My Hornbeam Hedges

My tall English hornbeam hedges always look so beautiful after a fresh pruning.

This week, my outdoor grounds crew trimmed the hornbeam hedges in front of my main greenhouse - the hedges surrounding part of my formal lily garden beds and the large sculpted hedge nearby. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree that can grow up to several feet per year. I like to maintain the hedges using a traditional European style of pruning, so they have a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that they be trimmed regularly, so they don’t look overgrown and unruly.

Here are some photos.