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Camellias can provide a colorful alternative to the ubiquitous English laurel hedge. (Photo: Chris Pfeiffer)

Despite being old-fashioned, hedges remain popular with home owners because of their ability to provide privacy, block unsightly views, add beauty to the garden, and yield a variety of ecological benefits.

In gardening times past, choices for hedging plants were limited to a small selection of plant species, such as English laurel and boxwood. Nowadays, better options abound.

In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, plant experts Christina Pfeiffer and Walt Bubelis provide a short primer on how to choose plants for a modern-day hedge, and how to plant and care for one.