The FWG hedgerow contains Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis, see photo), Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus,), wild raspberry (Rubus sp.), Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum), Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago), and serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.) – all berry-producing shrubs favoured by wildlife. We’ve also added Pin Cherry (Prunus virginiana) and hawthorn (Crataegus sp.). Small trees grow at intervals.
Now that the hedgerow is becoming established, we’ll add climbing plants such as Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana), a native clematis, to scramble over the shrubs and encourage wildflowers and grasses to form a herbaceous layer along the edge.
As this work is completed, watch for rabbits, squirrels, mice, voles, many species of birds, and who knows what other wildlife attracted to this mini-habitat by a profusion of food and the availability of safe nesting and roosting sites.