I know many of you out there in Alberta would probably second guess the idea of hedging with cedars but I will change your mind in 2 min with a great variety that many people aren't aware of called the Techny Cedar.
- Hardy to -45c and windburn resistant unlike many of the 'Emerald Cedars' that are bought for cheap at places like Home Depot and Rona. You can safely plant this almost anywhere in Alberta and expect it to live through our harshest of winters with no browning.
-It is a wide and fast growing cedar up to 8 or 10 feet so you do not have to plant as many to get a hedge. It can also grow up to 15 feet at least. It also fills in nicely all the way to the ground. Can grow up to 2ft per year if taken care of properly.
Because I am documenting the growth of my own cedar hedge, you can see how they grow throughout the years. I planted them in June 2015 and they have already grown about 1 to 1.5 ft. I live in an area that can drop below -40c, so they will be tested very well. Thankfully many other people have tried this plant in my area for years and they grow to a large size and always stay green.