Hedging Plants

When is that the best time to plant a hedge? As long as you’re planting container grown plants, the straightforward answer is whenever you’ve got the time to try to to it.

Plant in autumn and therefore the ground is warm and moist; your new hedging plants have all winter to urge established. Plant in early spring and your new hedge is on the brink of the season the probabilities are the garden are going to be higher on your agenda in spring, so you’re more likely to believe doing it. Plant in summer and you’ll probably need to water daily, so plant early or late within the year if you’ll .

Evergreen hedging subjects are mostly sold and planted as pot grown plants. Whether you plant large or small just remember the plants will grow: you don’t got to plant more simply because you’re planting small. Some on-line hedging retailers are often a touch misleading when it involves this information. If you think that about it, the closer together the plants are the more they compete. Shrubs in competition tend to be involved instead of branching out and developing a bushy habit. this will mean a hedge that’s bare at the bottom .

Deciduous hedging plants are often sold bare root, in other words lifted from the sector during a dormant state. they will only be transplanted from late autumn through to early spring. This often gives better results than planting containerised or container grown stock of those subjects. there’s an excellent sort of hedging plants to settle on from. So a hedge should never be considered as an uneventful , utility aspect of the garden.

To help you select i assumed i might pick ten of the simplest hedging plants, tell you why I’ve chosen them, then tell you ways far apart to plant them.

Carpinus betulus


Hornbeam is extremely almost like common beech, beech in appearance. the brilliant green leaves turn brown and mostly remain on the twigs in winter.

Bushy and well branched, it likes heavy soil and tolerates damp conditions, whereas beech likes it dry and alkaline.

Plant bare root in winter during a double row. Plants 60cm (2ft) apart, in rows 45cm (18”) apart. this suggests that the individual plants within the staggered rows are really around 45cm (18”) apart.

Griselinia littoralis

Griselinia littoralis

Is a bright evergreen with rounded, leathery leaves on yellow-green ascending stems. It grows quickly and makes a dense hedge.

Griselinia doesn’t like severe cold or alkaline soil but it’s excellent for coastal gardens and is wind tolerant. Plant 60-90cm apart (2-3ft)

Thuja plicata

Thuja plicata

Western Red Cedar is an aromatic conifer with sprays of emerald green, shining foliage. it’s much better choice than x Cupressocyparis leylandii and makes an altogether more handsome hedge. it’s ideal as a tall screening hedge. Plant 90cm (3ft) apart.

Olearia x hastily

Olearia haastii

One of the hardiest of those evergreen daisy bushes is often really underused as a hedging plant.

Small, leathery olive-green leaves on greyish twigs and much of oxeye daisy flowers in summer it makes a superb low hedge. Ideal for coastal gardens and windy exposed sites. Plant 60cm (2ft) apart.

Crataegus monogyna

Crataegus monogyna  (2)

Hawthorn is one of the toughest hedging plants and suits rural situations. If clipped from an early age it makes a dense, thorny, impenetrable barrier. Dark green leaves, white flowers in spring red fruits in autumn. Very wildlife-friendly. Plant as bare-root transplants in late autumn to early spring. 60 cm (2ft) apart during a double row (as hornbeam)

Taxus baccata

Taxus baccata

English Yew may be a lot faster growing than many imagine, and as a hedging plant it takes some beating.

Very dark green foliage that creates a dense, dramatic hedge and wonderful backdrop for planting. It are often wont to create large screens, or trimmed to stay it low and formal.

Yew grows well on most well-drained soils and loves alkaline conditions. Plant 90cm (3ft) apart

Acer campestre

Acer campestre

Field Maple naturally grows to make a spreading tree,however, it makes a stunning hedge with lobed leaves that turn rich, butter-yellow in fall.

It is ideal in rural situations and if pruned from an early age it makes a dense, bushy barrier. Plant as for hornbeam.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’

Euonymus japonicus 'Green Spire' 1

Is an upright evergreen with shining, emerald green leaves and a narrow, compact habit. it’s ideal for little gardens and narrow borders where a coffee hedge is required up to 120cm (4ft) tall .

As an alternate to Box (Buxus sempervirens), it’s ideal in town and coastal gardens and is extremely shade tolerant. Plant 60 cm (2ft) apart.

Prunus lusitanica

Prunus lusitanica 'Angustifolia

Portuguese Laurel is a neater evergreen hedge to manage than cherry laurel due to its smaller leaves and dense habit. it’s good in shade and has attractive foliage: dark green leaves with red leaf stalks. Plant 90cm apart.

Viburnum tinus ‘Spirit’

Viburnum tinus 'Spirit'

Is a compact sort of laurustinus that makes a stunning loose hedge with an extended flowering season through winter and early spring? it’s good in shade and overhanging trees and suits both town and country situations. Plant 75cm (30”) apart.

Whatever you plant, good soil preparation is paramount. Add many garden compost or shrub and tree planting compost and a slow-release fertilizer. Water well after planting (and before within the case of container-grown stock). Regular watering during the primary season is important.

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