Hemlock is fine hedge material. It has a graceful, feathery growth and, when clipped well, presents a smooth appearance, the fine foliage interlacing. If grown for a hedge the top should be bevelled, for if left flat the snow and ice will lodge on it and weigh it down, destroying the lighter branches. Hemlock does well in the shade, which is more than can be said of most plants that are appropriate for hedges. It should be protected from the sun the first Winter, especially if it is on the south side of a wall or fence, or else it will be scalded. When planting, cut back the tops, and do not trim it the first year or two. The Hemlock hedge on the next page is on the south side of a wall, but is well shaded by the Elms and Maples that surround it. It composes beautifully with the old dry rubble that shelters it from the north winds.