Garden Note #83: Natural Portal


A privacy hedge becomes a bit more interesting when a doorway or window is cut into it. This one was designed by Alice Recknagel Ireys.


1. Before cutting, determine the view.

2. Start at the ground up.

3. Be mindful of the shape you’re creating.

4. Branches will be bare the first year until new growth appears.

5. Yearly pruning is required.

(Photo- American Homestyle & Gardening Magazine, 1999)