Garden hedges are quite simply a row of shrubs, spaced closely together so that they form a solid mass. Garden hedges are excellent for privacy, fencing, or decoration. In garden hedges, tall trees also can be used as garden hedges as long as they can tolerate the constant clipping – Yew and Cypress are commonly used. Hawthorn hedges work well with their branches interwoven ‘basket style’ to make them impenetrable. This was a common feature of the English countryside prior to modern agriculture that has led largely to their demise. In the average garden however, small and medium shrubs are safer and less work.