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Formal hedges are usually evergreens and are carefully trimmed and have a stately appearance. Informal hedges tend to be deciduous and they will have to pruned but the end product will have a natural or informal appearance. Informal deciduous hedges are quite fast growing. Planting a hedge with flowering shrubs such as spirea or rhododendrons can create an eye catching and delightful yard display. Shrub hedges make very effective dividers that can separate an area such as a dog run or a patio from the rest of the landscape. There are commonly used plants such as privets, arborvitaes, and lilacs for use in hedges, but in reality, just about any plant can be utilized for a hedge. The available time, location, and size being the limiting factors in plant selection.