The process for caring for fast-growing hedge plants depends on the type of hedge plant being grown, as each type of plant has its own specific maintenance requirements. Honeysuckle is a popular type of hedge plant or shrub, which is very fast-growing meaning it needs to be trimmed and pruned at least twice a year.
Nellie Stevens Holly is another popular type of fast-growing shrub that can reach a height of 30 feet. This plant generally grows in a natural pyramid shape, but it does not require much pruning except when it is necessary to curtail its growth. This plant grows best in acidic soil and needs full sunlight.
The Royal Horticulture Society, a leading gardening organization in the United Kingdom, recommends planting evergreen and semi-evergreen hedges in early autumn. Deciduous hedges, such as beech, hawthorn and hornbeam, can be planted anytime from late autumn to midwinter. It is important to make sure that the hedges are well-watered during any dry spells for the first two years after planting. It also recommends applying a general-purpose fertilizer around the hedges every year and to keep the area around the hedges free from weeds.
Although many hedges can take between three and seven years to fully mature, it is possible to speed up the process by purchasing semi-mature hedge plants, although these require special care when planting and watering.