I'm currently planning my first hedge, and noticed that vendors offer plants in different sizes and recommend different planting densities per size. Simply spoken, there is usually a small size to be planted in high density, a medium size to be planted in medium density, and a large size to be planted in low density. I wondering about the rationale behind this.
Let's say, I want my hedge dense and on head height, eventually. Purpose is for privacy and wind protection, mainly. And of course because I like plants. I'm not in a complete hurry. Money is not not an issue, so I'd prefer to go with the small plants (around knee height) and raise them myself. But why should I go with a denser planting?
I understand that there will be vertical gaps in the hedge for a longer time if a go with a bigger spacing between the small plants, but people will look simply over it until it's on head height anyway. Then the wind might get through it better with bigger spacing, but a low hedge won't do much against the wind anyway again. On the other hand, won't the plants grow bigger, faster, healthier, overall better if there is more space around them they can use on their own?