The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Roman Gardens (500BC-500AD)

Roman Hedge Planting

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76. Hedges were of various sorts, but we are not informed what were the plants grown in those used for defence. Pliny mentions briars or thorns; but the species intended are uncertain; Virgil mentions the broom. They surrounded chiefly vineyards and gardens; for agriculture was then, as it still chiefly is in Italy, conducted in the common or open-field manner.