The Penzance Briers may be used for forming hedges, but the common Sweet Brier is more commonly used for this purpose. It is, of course, much cheaper than the Penzance Briers, and if less beautiful in blossom is not inferior in fragrance. Briers make splendid division hedges from 4 to 6 feet high for gardens. For lower hedges the Scotch Rose, Rosa spinosissima, may be used.
Young Briers should be shortened and planted 1 foot apart in a trench, unless the ground is very heavy and wet. In this case the land should be drained, and hole planting resorted to. If the leading shoots are shortened, and the coarse side shoots trimmed in, a symmetrical hedge is easily secured.