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Which Hedge?

We sell many different types of hedging plants. If you are not sure which type of hedge to choose or the plant names just don’t mean anything to you, then the guide below will help you choose which hedging plants are best for your garden.

Most of the hedging plants we sell, although not all of them, are fast growing and evergreen

Leylandii (Green)

Leylandii Hedge

Other Common Names:  Leyland Cypress, Leylandi, Conifer Hedging

Botanical Latin Names:  x Cupressocyparis leylandii, x Cuprocyparis leylandii, Cupressus x leylandii

Speed of growth: up to 1 metre (3ft) per year

Why choose Leylandii

Fastest-growing
Evergreen (keeps its leaves all year round)
Least expensive (cheapest) especially at heights over 4ft (120cm) tall
Hardy & wind tolerant
Available in larger sizes

Description

Leylandii is a conifer that is the fastest –growing, evergreen, hedging plant and will create a hedge quickly.  Because it is fast growing, it is generally the cheapest way of forming an evergreen hedge and hence the most popular.

If it is pruned every year, Leylandii will create a formal dark-green evergreen screen or box-shaped hedge, similar to a Yew hedge.  Leylandii can be kept to any height as long as you trim it once or twice a year. We have kept a Leylandii Hedge 4ft tall for over 25 years. We trim the tops of most of our Leylandii Hedges twice a year and the sides once a year. 

Leylandii is also very tolerant of wind and cold temperatures. 

Other benefits of Leylandii are:

Dense foliage acts as sound barrier
Best at filtering particulates (air pollution) from passing traffic

Soil types & growing conditions

Leylandii will grow in wet, heavy clay soils but not soils that become water-logged.
Leylandii will grow in full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

Leylandii will grow very tall (over 30m or 100ft) if left untrimmed but like a Beech tree/hedge can be kept trimmed to heights as low as 1m (3ft) tall. Keeping it trimmed regularly will also mean the foliage stays dense down to ground level. If a hedge is allowed to grow too tall, especially where there is competition for nutrients and water from hedging plants planted together, it will often shed the lower leaves/needles. It is also much easier to trim a hedge that is kept to a reasonable height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25 to 30°C

Click here to see our selection of Leylandii Hedging Plants.

 

Laurel Hedging

Laurel HedgeOther common names: Cherry Laurel, Common Laurel, English Laurel

Botanical Names: Prunus laurocerasus, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Caucasica’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions:  up to 60cm (2ft) per year

Why choose Laurel Hedging?

Fast-growing – the fastest growing hedging plant if you don’t want a conifer
Evergreen (keeps its leaves all year round)
Least expensive non-conifer hedging plant
The best hedging plant for shady sites
Tough & Hardy
Grows in most soils
Available in larger sizes

Description

Laurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you don't want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen hedge.  Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes (4ft, 5ft and 6ft) are bushy and can often create an instant screen if planted close enough. 

Laurel leaves are rounded, glossy and bright green leaves and look good all year round.  They can be trimmed into formal box-shaped hedges or they can create a less formal looking hedge.  You will need to trim a Laurel Hedge once a year.  Laurel will regenerate from old wood if it becomes overgrown.

Soil Types & growing conditions

Laurel will grow in most soils except shallow chalky or very wet soils.

Laurel will grow in the full sun or in shade as long as it is watered while it is establishing a root system. Laurel is often seen growing under trees in National Trust properties and is probably the best evergreen hedging plant for growing in the shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed: up to 6m (18ft) tall

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -20°C

For sizes and prices of the Laurel Hedging Plants we have available to buy, please click here.

Click here to see our selection of Laurel Hedging Plants.

 

Portugal Laurel

Portugal Laurel HedgeOther common names: Portuguese Laurel

Botanical Name: Prunus lusitanica, Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’, Prunus lusitanica ‘Myrtifolia’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 45cm (18in) per year

Why buy Portugal Laurel Hedging?

Evergreen (keeps its leaves all year)
Neat & tidy formal appearance
Fragrant white flowers and attractive red stems
Available in larger sizes

Description

Portugal Laurel has a dark green leaf that is much smaller than the leaf of Cherry Laurel. It is medium-fast growing although not quite as quick growing as Cherry Laurel. The stems of Portugal Laurel and red when young and this contrasts well with the dark green leaves. We mainly sell the smaller leaved form of Portugal Laurel that looks very similar to Bay Laurel but is much hardier (will take much lower temperatures) than Bay Laurel. It forms an excellent evergreen hedge and can be kept to any shape or size.  It is easy to maintain and keep it looking neat and tidy but it will regenerate from old wood if it does become overgrown.

Soil types & growing conditions

Portugal Laurel will grow in all free-draining soils (i.e. not waterlogged) including chalky soils and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ or ‘Myrtifolia’ (Smaller leaf) – up to 6m (18ft)

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -20°C

To see what sizes of Portugal Laurel we have available to buy, please click here.

 

Leylandii Castlewellan Gold & Excalibur Gold

Leylandii Castlewellan Gold HedgeCommon Names:  Golden Leylandii, Golden Leyland Cypress, Golden Leylandi

Botanical Names: x Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘Castlewellan Gold’, x Cuprocyparis leylandii ‘Castlewellan’ or ‘Excalibur’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions:
Castlewellan Gold up to 75cm (2’6”) per year
Excalibur Gold up to 60cm (2’) per year

Why buy Leylandii Castlewellan or Excalibur Gold?

Fast-growing
Evergreen (keep their leaves all year round)
Attractive Golden-yellow foliage
Tough & hardy
Available in larger sizes

Description

Leylandii Castlewellan Gold is the most popular form of Golden Leylandii Hedging. It is fast growing so will form a hedge quickly. If it is trimmed every year, it will create a dense evergreen hedge that is bright yellowish-gold in the spring and summer.  The golden colour turns a more lime-green in autumn and it can turn a bronze colour in a cold winter. As with the green leylandii, we recommend trimming the sides of a Castlewellan hedge once a year and the tops twice a year. Castlewellan Gold Leylandii is slightly slower growing than the Green Leylandii for this reason it is usually slightly more expensive than Green Leylandii for the equivalent height plant.  It will grow in any soil except for water-logged soil.

Leylandii Excalibur Gold is very similar to Castlewellan Gold and most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. It is slightly slower growing than Castlewellan Gold but as a result usually makes a slightly denser plant when grown in a pot. Once in the ground and trimmed as a hedge, the two types of Golden Leylandii are virtually identical.

Golden Leylandii will grow in any free-draining (i.e. not waterlogged) soil.

Soil types & growing conditions

Golden Leylandii will grow in any free-draining (i.e. not waterlogged) soil in full sun or partial shade. The foliage will be more golden in full sun and pale green in shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 25m (75ft) or trim to the required height. The hedge in the picture is 1.2m (4ft) tall.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For sizes and prices of the Castlewellan and Excalibur Gold Leylandii trees we have available to buy, please click here.

 

Thuja plicata and Thuja occidentalis ‘Brabant’

Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) HedgeCommon Name: Western Red Cedar, Pacific Red Cedar, Western Arborvitae

Speed of growth under ideal conditions:

Thuja plicata up to 75cm (2’6”) per year
Thuja Brabant up to 60cm (2’) per year

Why buy Thuja?

Fast-growing
Evergreen
Tough & Hardy
Available in larger sizes
Wind Tolerant
Can shoot from old wood

Description

Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) and Thuja ‘Brabant’ are fast-growing conifers that create an evergreen hedge. Thuja are extremely hardy and will tolerate strong winds. They grow in most soils (except for water-logged soils). Thuja plicata and especially Thuja Brabant tend to be a bit bushier than Leylandii in the pot or as a rootballed plant (one dug straight from the ground) but they are slightly slower growing than Leylandii so are generally cost a little bit more for the equivalent height plant.  Leylandii and Thuja will form a very similar, dense hedge although Thuja will sometimes shoot back from old wood. Thuja have aromatic, fruity foliage when brushed against. Keep them trimmed once a year to the height and width you need and they will form a fantastic hedge.

Thuja plicata tends to be slightly quicker growing and has a darker green foliage that turns bronze in cold winters or in windy locations.

Thuja occ. Brabant tends to be a paler green in colour than Thuja plicata

Soil types & growing conditions

Thuja will grow in all soils except those that are waterlogged for long periods in winter.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 30m (100ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and sizes of Thuja plicata and Thuja occ. Brabant, please click here.

 

Thuja Emerald – The ultimate low-maintenance hedge or screen

Thuja Emerald HedgeBotanical Names: Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’, Thuja Emeraud

Common Name:  Emerald Cedar, A form of Eastern or American Arborvitae

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30cm (1ft) per year

Why buy Thuja Emerald?

Low-maintenance
Neat & tidy appearance
Evergreen
Tough & hardy
Good in containers or pots
Usually available in sizes up to 2m

Description

Thuja Emerald is one of the best hedging plants if you do not want to trim the sides of your hedge. It keeps its neat cone-shape so you never need to trim the sides. Even if it is allowed to grow to its full height of 5-6m (15-18ft) tall, it is not very wide so is not over-bearing. If you want to stop it getting to its full height, then just trim the top once a year.  Because Thuja Emerald does not bush out very much, it needs to be planted at closer than Leylandii or Laurel. We would recommend planting 50-75cm apart depending on how quickly you want the screen and how tall you are going to let the plants grow.

Thuja Emerald also makes an excellent specimen plant in lawns or flower beds.

Soil types & growing conditions

Thuja will grow in any soil except waterlogged.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 5-6m (15-18ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and availability of Thuja Emerald, click here.

 

Griselinia littoralis

Griselinia littoralis hedgeBotanical Name: Griselinia littoralis

Common Names: None

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 45cm (18in) per year

Why buy Griselinia hedging plants?

Evergreen
Attractive apple-green leaves
Good for coastal locations
Easy to maintain

Description

Griselinia is a medium-fast growing, evergreen shrub that forms an excellent hedge. As it is tolerant of salt, it is good for coastal locations or for hedges near roads where gritters pass by in the winter.

Its leaves always looks a fresh ‘Granny-Smith’ apple-green, even in winter and it creates a dense hedge down to ground level.

Griselinia will take temperatures down to -13°C in sheltered sites and will grow in any free-draining soil. It will grow to 6m (18ft) tall if left untrimmed but it is easy to keep a Griselinia hedge as low as 90-120cm (3-4ft) tall by trimming once a year.

Soil types & growing conditions

Griselinia will grow in any free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 5-6m (15-18ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -13°C in sites sheltered from cold winds.

For prices and sizes of Griselinia, please click here.

 

Photinia ‘Red Robin’

Photinia Red Robin Hedge Common Name: Red Robin

Botanical Name: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 60cm (2ft) per year

Why buy Photinia Red Robin?

Brilliant red young leaves especially in spring
Fast-growing
Evergreen

Description

Photinia Red Robin is a popular, fast-growing, evergreen shrub that makes an attractive hedge if it is pruned twice a year. It has bright red, young leaves in early spring and, if it is trimmed in late spring or early summer, it will produce more red shoots in summer.

Photinia needs to be trimmed regularly (twice a year) to keep it dense. Laurel, Portugal Laurel or Griselinia are much easier to keep dense.

Soil types & growing conditions

Photinia Red Robin will grow in any free-draining soil.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 4-5m (12-15ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -15°C

For prices and sizes of Photinia Red Robin, please click here.

 

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus hedgeCommon name:  Laurustinus

Botanical Name:  Viburnum tinus

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30 to 40cm (12 to 16in) per year

Why buy Viburnum tinus hedging?

Attractive white flowers all winter and spring
Evergreen
Grows in sun or shade

Description

Viburnum tinus is an evergreen shrub that forms a beautiful evergreen hedge with masses of pink white flowers from early winter until late spring. It is has a medium growth rate and so is slower growing than most of the other hedging plants we sell but if you are willing to wait, it will form a magnificent hedge.  As it is slower growing, it is difficult to find and expensive to buy it in sizes of over 1 metre (3ft) tall.  Will regenerate from old wood if it becomes overgrown.

Soil types & growing conditions

Viburnum tinus is also one of the best hedge for shade but will also grow in full sun.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 3-4m (10-12ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -15°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here.

 

Box Hedging – Buxus sempervirens

Box (Buxus sempervirens) hedgeCommon Names:  Box, Common Box, Boxwood, Buxus, European Box

Botanical Name:  Buxus sempervirens

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: up to 20cm (8in) per year

Why buy Box hedging?

Good for formal ‘box’ hedging
Low maintenance
Makes a good small hedge
Shade tolerant

Description

Box is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub with small leaves.  It is neat and compact in habit and makes a perfect small hedge. It has the benefit of being tolerant of shade but can suffer from Box Blight especially in damp conditions. Consider Yew as an alternative. Box will regenerate from old wood if it becomes overgrown.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any free-draining soil in sun or shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

4m (12ft) but can easily be trimmed to as low as 30cm (1ft) tall

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here or call us on 01460 281265.

 

Yew – Taxus baccata

Yew (Taxus baccata) hedgeCommon Names:  English Yew, Common Yew, Yew

Botanical Name:  Taxus baccata

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: up to 20cm (9in) per year

Why buy Yew hedging?

Formal, neat & tidy appearance
Evergreen
Grows in sun or shade
Tough & hardy

Description

Yew is a slow-growing, evergreen conifer that can be trimmed into a hedge of virtually any shape or size. It will regenerate from old wood so if it becomes overgrown, it can be cut back hard and it will re-shoot. Yew makes a good alternative to Box (Buxus) as a low-growing hedge.

Soil types & growing conditions

Yew is hardy and will tolerate exposure to the wind or shady conditions. However, it needs a well-drained soil and will not survive in a soil that stays wet in the winter.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:  

10 metres (30ft) or more but can be kept trimmed as a dwarf hedge.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -23°C

We tend to have more Yew available in the winter months as it can be dug straight from the field.  For prices and sizes available, please click here or call 01460 281265.

 

Pyracantha

Pyracantha hedge in summerCommon Names:  Firethorn

Botanical Names: Pyracantha

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: up to 60cm (2ft) per year

Why buy Pyracantha hedging?

Good for security due to large thorns
Evergreen
White flowers
Orange or Red berries

Description

A quick-growing evergreen shrub that has white hawthorn-like flowers in early summer and bright orange or red berries in autumn and winter. Large thorns on the branches make it any excellent choice as a security barrier up to 3m tall.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any free-draining soil in sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed: 3m (10ft) but can be trimmed to any height

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -15 to 20°C

We tend to have more Yew available in the winter months as it can be dug straight from the field.  For prices and sizes available, please call 01460 281265.

 

Native Hedging

Native hedging plants include Beech, Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Dogwood, Spindle and Guelder Rose. Native hedging is normally planted as small bare-root ‘whips’ during the winter months. These are usually single stem seedlings that are around 40-60cm (18-24in) tall and are available in our Garden Centre from December to March.  Cell-grown transplants can be planted from April to October.

Beech and Hornbeam hedging are normally planted on their own as a single species whereas native, field-hedging is normally a mixture of different species including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Hazel, Dogwood, Spindle and Guelder Rose.

Most native hedging plants are deciduous (i.e. they lose their leaves in winter) with the exception of Holly (Ilex).

We grow a limited selection of larger sizes of container-grown Beech and Hornbeam hedging that can be planted at any time of year and we are expanding the range so watch this space or give us a call on 01460 281265 to see what we have available.

 

Beech – Fagus sylvatica

Beech HedgeCommon Names:  Common Beech, Green Beech, European Beech

Botanical Name: Fagus sylvatica

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30-60cm (1’-2’) per year

Why buy Beech hedging?

Fresh green leaves every spring
Golden-brown leaves in winter
Creates a neat, formal box-shaped hedge
Grows on chalky soils
Hardy

Description

Beech is a deciduous tree that makes an excellent formal garden hedge. It has fresh green leaves in early spring and although it is deciduous (i.e. not evergreen), it often keeps the golden-brown leaves in the winter months providing some screening. Beech is very hardy but will not grow in wet or heavy clay soils – for these use Hornbeam instead.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any well-drained soil that is not wet over the winter months. If you have a heavy clay soil, then grow Hornbeam instead. Full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:  

>25m (80ft) but can be kept trimmed to any size.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here or call 01460 281265.

 

Hornbeam

Common Names:  Hornbeam, Common Hornbeam, European Hornbeam, Horn Beech, Horse Beech

Botanical Name:  Carpinus betulus

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30-60cm (1-2ft) per year

Why buy Hornbeam hedging?

Good in heavy clay soils
Attractive green serrated leaves
Creates a neat & tidy formal hedge
Hardy & Tough

Description

Hornbeam is a native to the UK and creates a wonderful formal hedge if pruned regularly. It is very similar to Beech in appearance but has the benefit of growing in heavy clay and will tolerate wetter soils than Beech. It is deciduous but usually holds on to some of its leaves that turn brown in winter.

Soil types & growing conditions

Hornbeam will grow in most soils including heavy clay. It is very hardy and will tolerate windy sites (although not coastal exposure). Grows in full sun or partial shade

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

>25m (75ft) or trim to required height

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25 to -30°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here or call 01460 281265.

 

Holly - Ilex

Holly (Ilex) hedgeCommon Names:  English Holly, Common Holly

Botanical Name: Ilex aquifolium, Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30cm (1ft) per year

Why buy Holly hedging?

Glossy green leaves
Red berries in winter
Evergreen
Low-maintenance
Prickly leaves for security

Description

An excellent evergreen hedging plant that has glossy, dark green, prickly leaves and red berries in the early winter. Good as an intruder deterrent.  Low maintenance as it is slower growing. Holly clips well to create a dense, formal hedge and will regenerate from old wood if you need to cut it back.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any free-draining soil in full sun or light shade. Holly will grow in sheltered or exposed sites.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

>25m (80ft) but can easily be kept trimmed.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -20°C

We tend to have more Holly available in the winter months as it can be dug straight from the field.  For prices and sizes available, please call us on 01460 281265.

Which Hedge?

We sell many different types of hedging plants. If you are not sure which type of hedge to choose or the plant names just don’t mean anything to you, then the guide below will help you choose which hedging plants are best for your garden.

Most of the hedging plants we sell, although not all of them, are fast growing and evergreen

Leylandii (Green)

Leylandii Hedge

Other Common Names:  Leyland Cypress, Leylandi, Conifer Hedging

Botanical Latin Names:  x Cupressocyparis leylandii, x Cuprocyparis leylandii, Cupressus x leylandii

Speed of growth: up to 1 metre (3ft) per year

Why choose Leylandii

Fastest-growing
Evergreen (keeps its leaves all year round)
Least expensive (cheapest) especially at heights over 4ft (120cm) tall
Hardy & wind tolerant
Available in larger sizes

Description

Leylandii is a conifer that is the fastest –growing, evergreen, hedging plant and will create a hedge quickly.  Because it is fast growing, it is generally the cheapest way of forming an evergreen hedge and hence the most popular.

If it is pruned every year, Leylandii will create a formal dark-green evergreen screen or box-shaped hedge, similar to a Yew hedge.  Leylandii can be kept to any height as long as you trim it once or twice a year. We have kept a Leylandii Hedge 4ft tall for over 25 years. We trim the tops of most of our Leylandii Hedges twice a year and the sides once a year. 

Leylandii is also very tolerant of wind and cold temperatures. 

Other benefits of Leylandii are:

Dense foliage acts as sound barrier
Best at filtering particulates (air pollution) from passing traffic

Soil types & growing conditions

Leylandii will grow in wet, heavy clay soils but not soils that become water-logged.
Leylandii will grow in full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

Leylandii will grow very tall (over 30m or 100ft) if left untrimmed but like a Beech tree/hedge can be kept trimmed to heights as low as 1m (3ft) tall. Keeping it trimmed regularly will also mean the foliage stays dense down to ground level. If a hedge is allowed to grow too tall, especially where there is competition for nutrients and water from hedging plants planted together, it will often shed the lower leaves/needles. It is also much easier to trim a hedge that is kept to a reasonable height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25 to 30°C

Click here to see our selection of Leylandii Hedging Plants.

 

Laurel Hedging

Laurel HedgeOther common names: Cherry Laurel, Common Laurel, English Laurel

Botanical Names: Prunus laurocerasus, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Novita’, Prunus laurocerasus ‘Caucasica’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions:  up to 60cm (2ft) per year

Why choose Laurel Hedging?

Fast-growing – the fastest growing hedging plant if you don’t want a conifer
Evergreen (keeps its leaves all year round)
Least expensive non-conifer hedging plant
The best hedging plant for shady sites
Tough & Hardy
Grows in most soils
Available in larger sizes

Description

Laurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you don't want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen hedge.  Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes (4ft, 5ft and 6ft) are bushy and can often create an instant screen if planted close enough. 

Laurel leaves are rounded, glossy and bright green leaves and look good all year round.  They can be trimmed into formal box-shaped hedges or they can create a less formal looking hedge.  You will need to trim a Laurel Hedge once a year.  Laurel will regenerate from old wood if it becomes overgrown.

Soil Types & growing conditions

Laurel will grow in most soils except shallow chalky or very wet soils.

Laurel will grow in the full sun or in shade as long as it is watered while it is establishing a root system. Laurel is often seen growing under trees in National Trust properties and is probably the best evergreen hedging plant for growing in the shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed: up to 6m (18ft) tall

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -20°C

For sizes and prices of the Laurel Hedging Plants we have available to buy, please click here.

Click here to see our selection of Laurel Hedging Plants.

 

Portugal Laurel

Portugal Laurel HedgeOther common names: Portuguese Laurel

Botanical Name: Prunus lusitanica, Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’, Prunus lusitanica ‘Myrtifolia’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 45cm (18in) per year

Why buy Portugal Laurel Hedging?

Evergreen (keeps its leaves all year)
Neat & tidy formal appearance
Fragrant white flowers and attractive red stems
Available in larger sizes

Description

Portugal Laurel has a dark green leaf that is much smaller than the leaf of Cherry Laurel. It is medium-fast growing although not quite as quick growing as Cherry Laurel. The stems of Portugal Laurel and red when young and this contrasts well with the dark green leaves. We mainly sell the smaller leaved form of Portugal Laurel that looks very similar to Bay Laurel but is much hardier (will take much lower temperatures) than Bay Laurel. It forms an excellent evergreen hedge and can be kept to any shape or size.  It is easy to maintain and keep it looking neat and tidy but it will regenerate from old wood if it does become overgrown.

Soil types & growing conditions

Portugal Laurel will grow in all free-draining soils (i.e. not waterlogged) including chalky soils and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ or ‘Myrtifolia’ (Smaller leaf) – up to 6m (18ft)

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -20°C

To see what sizes of Portugal Laurel we have available to buy, please click here.

 

Leylandii Castlewellan Gold & Excalibur Gold

Leylandii Castlewellan Gold HedgeCommon Names:  Golden Leylandii, Golden Leyland Cypress, Golden Leylandi

Botanical Names: x Cupressocyparis leylandii ‘Castlewellan Gold’, x Cuprocyparis leylandii ‘Castlewellan’ or ‘Excalibur’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions:
Castlewellan Gold up to 75cm (2’6”) per year
Excalibur Gold up to 60cm (2’) per year

Why buy Leylandii Castlewellan or Excalibur Gold?

Fast-growing
Evergreen (keep their leaves all year round)
Attractive Golden-yellow foliage
Tough & hardy
Available in larger sizes

Description

Leylandii Castlewellan Gold is the most popular form of Golden Leylandii Hedging. It is fast growing so will form a hedge quickly. If it is trimmed every year, it will create a dense evergreen hedge that is bright yellowish-gold in the spring and summer.  The golden colour turns a more lime-green in autumn and it can turn a bronze colour in a cold winter. As with the green leylandii, we recommend trimming the sides of a Castlewellan hedge once a year and the tops twice a year. Castlewellan Gold Leylandii is slightly slower growing than the Green Leylandii for this reason it is usually slightly more expensive than Green Leylandii for the equivalent height plant.  It will grow in any soil except for water-logged soil.

Leylandii Excalibur Gold is very similar to Castlewellan Gold and most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. It is slightly slower growing than Castlewellan Gold but as a result usually makes a slightly denser plant when grown in a pot. Once in the ground and trimmed as a hedge, the two types of Golden Leylandii are virtually identical.

Golden Leylandii will grow in any free-draining (i.e. not waterlogged) soil.

Soil types & growing conditions

Golden Leylandii will grow in any free-draining (i.e. not waterlogged) soil in full sun or partial shade. The foliage will be more golden in full sun and pale green in shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 25m (75ft) or trim to the required height. The hedge in the picture is 1.2m (4ft) tall.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For sizes and prices of the Castlewellan and Excalibur Gold Leylandii trees we have available to buy, please click here.

 

Thuja plicata and Thuja occidentalis ‘Brabant’

Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) HedgeCommon Name: Western Red Cedar, Pacific Red Cedar, Western Arborvitae

Speed of growth under ideal conditions:

Thuja plicata up to 75cm (2’6”) per year
Thuja Brabant up to 60cm (2’) per year

Why buy Thuja?

Fast-growing
Evergreen
Tough & Hardy
Available in larger sizes
Wind Tolerant
Can shoot from old wood

Description

Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) and Thuja ‘Brabant’ are fast-growing conifers that create an evergreen hedge. Thuja are extremely hardy and will tolerate strong winds. They grow in most soils (except for water-logged soils). Thuja plicata and especially Thuja Brabant tend to be a bit bushier than Leylandii in the pot or as a rootballed plant (one dug straight from the ground) but they are slightly slower growing than Leylandii so are generally cost a little bit more for the equivalent height plant.  Leylandii and Thuja will form a very similar, dense hedge although Thuja will sometimes shoot back from old wood. Thuja have aromatic, fruity foliage when brushed against. Keep them trimmed once a year to the height and width you need and they will form a fantastic hedge.

Thuja plicata tends to be slightly quicker growing and has a darker green foliage that turns bronze in cold winters or in windy locations.

Thuja occ. Brabant tends to be a paler green in colour than Thuja plicata

Soil types & growing conditions

Thuja will grow in all soils except those that are waterlogged for long periods in winter.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 30m (100ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and sizes of Thuja plicata and Thuja occ. Brabant, please click here.

 

Thuja Emerald – The ultimate low-maintenance hedge or screen

Thuja Emerald HedgeBotanical Names: Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’, Thuja Emeraud

Common Name:  Emerald Cedar, A form of Eastern or American Arborvitae

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30cm (1ft) per year

Why buy Thuja Emerald?

Low-maintenance
Neat & tidy appearance
Evergreen
Tough & hardy
Good in containers or pots
Usually available in sizes up to 2m

Description

Thuja Emerald is one of the best hedging plants if you do not want to trim the sides of your hedge. It keeps its neat cone-shape so you never need to trim the sides. Even if it is allowed to grow to its full height of 5-6m (15-18ft) tall, it is not very wide so is not over-bearing. If you want to stop it getting to its full height, then just trim the top once a year.  Because Thuja Emerald does not bush out very much, it needs to be planted at closer than Leylandii or Laurel. We would recommend planting 50-75cm apart depending on how quickly you want the screen and how tall you are going to let the plants grow.

Thuja Emerald also makes an excellent specimen plant in lawns or flower beds.

Soil types & growing conditions

Thuja will grow in any soil except waterlogged.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 5-6m (15-18ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and availability of Thuja Emerald, click here.

 

Griselinia littoralis

Griselinia littoralis hedgeBotanical Name: Griselinia littoralis

Common Names: None

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 45cm (18in) per year

Why buy Griselinia hedging plants?

Evergreen
Attractive apple-green leaves
Good for coastal locations
Easy to maintain

Description

Griselinia is a medium-fast growing, evergreen shrub that forms an excellent hedge. As it is tolerant of salt, it is good for coastal locations or for hedges near roads where gritters pass by in the winter.

Its leaves always looks a fresh ‘Granny-Smith’ apple-green, even in winter and it creates a dense hedge down to ground level.

Griselinia will take temperatures down to -13°C in sheltered sites and will grow in any free-draining soil. It will grow to 6m (18ft) tall if left untrimmed but it is easy to keep a Griselinia hedge as low as 90-120cm (3-4ft) tall by trimming once a year.

Soil types & growing conditions

Griselinia will grow in any free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 5-6m (15-18ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -13°C in sites sheltered from cold winds.

For prices and sizes of Griselinia, please click here.

 

Photinia ‘Red Robin’

Photinia Red Robin Hedge Common Name: Red Robin

Botanical Name: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 60cm (2ft) per year

Why buy Photinia Red Robin?

Brilliant red young leaves especially in spring
Fast-growing
Evergreen

Description

Photinia Red Robin is a popular, fast-growing, evergreen shrub that makes an attractive hedge if it is pruned twice a year. It has bright red, young leaves in early spring and, if it is trimmed in late spring or early summer, it will produce more red shoots in summer.

Photinia needs to be trimmed regularly (twice a year) to keep it dense. Laurel, Portugal Laurel or Griselinia are much easier to keep dense.

Soil types & growing conditions

Photinia Red Robin will grow in any free-draining soil.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 4-5m (12-15ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -15°C

For prices and sizes of Photinia Red Robin, please click here.

 

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus hedgeCommon name:  Laurustinus

Botanical Name:  Viburnum tinus

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30 to 40cm (12 to 16in) per year

Why buy Viburnum tinus hedging?

Attractive white flowers all winter and spring
Evergreen
Grows in sun or shade

Description

Viburnum tinus is an evergreen shrub that forms a beautiful evergreen hedge with masses of pink white flowers from early winter until late spring. It is has a medium growth rate and so is slower growing than most of the other hedging plants we sell but if you are willing to wait, it will form a magnificent hedge.  As it is slower growing, it is difficult to find and expensive to buy it in sizes of over 1 metre (3ft) tall.  Will regenerate from old wood if it becomes overgrown.

Soil types & growing conditions

Viburnum tinus is also one of the best hedge for shade but will also grow in full sun.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

up to 3-4m (10-12ft) or trim to the required height.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -15°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here.

 

Box Hedging – Buxus sempervirens

Box (Buxus sempervirens) hedgeCommon Names:  Box, Common Box, Boxwood, Buxus, European Box

Botanical Name:  Buxus sempervirens

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: up to 20cm (8in) per year

Why buy Box hedging?

Good for formal ‘box’ hedging
Low maintenance
Makes a good small hedge
Shade tolerant

Description

Box is a slow-growing, evergreen shrub with small leaves.  It is neat and compact in habit and makes a perfect small hedge. It has the benefit of being tolerant of shade but can suffer from Box Blight especially in damp conditions. Consider Yew as an alternative. Box will regenerate from old wood if it becomes overgrown.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any free-draining soil in sun or shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

4m (12ft) but can easily be trimmed to as low as 30cm (1ft) tall

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here or call us on 01460 281265.

 

Yew – Taxus baccata

Yew (Taxus baccata) hedgeCommon Names:  English Yew, Common Yew, Yew

Botanical Name:  Taxus baccata

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: up to 20cm (9in) per year

Why buy Yew hedging?

Formal, neat & tidy appearance
Evergreen
Grows in sun or shade
Tough & hardy

Description

Yew is a slow-growing, evergreen conifer that can be trimmed into a hedge of virtually any shape or size. It will regenerate from old wood so if it becomes overgrown, it can be cut back hard and it will re-shoot. Yew makes a good alternative to Box (Buxus) as a low-growing hedge.

Soil types & growing conditions

Yew is hardy and will tolerate exposure to the wind or shady conditions. However, it needs a well-drained soil and will not survive in a soil that stays wet in the winter.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:  

10 metres (30ft) or more but can be kept trimmed as a dwarf hedge.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -23°C

We tend to have more Yew available in the winter months as it can be dug straight from the field.  For prices and sizes available, please click here or call 01460 281265.

 

Pyracantha

Pyracantha hedge in summerCommon Names:  Firethorn

Botanical Names: Pyracantha

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: up to 60cm (2ft) per year

Why buy Pyracantha hedging?

Good for security due to large thorns
Evergreen
White flowers
Orange or Red berries

Description

A quick-growing evergreen shrub that has white hawthorn-like flowers in early summer and bright orange or red berries in autumn and winter. Large thorns on the branches make it any excellent choice as a security barrier up to 3m tall.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any free-draining soil in sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed: 3m (10ft) but can be trimmed to any height

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -15 to 20°C

We tend to have more Yew available in the winter months as it can be dug straight from the field.  For prices and sizes available, please call 01460 281265.

 

Native Hedging

Native hedging plants include Beech, Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Dogwood, Spindle and Guelder Rose. Native hedging is normally planted as small bare-root ‘whips’ during the winter months. These are usually single stem seedlings that are around 40-60cm (18-24in) tall and are available in our Garden Centre from December to March.  Cell-grown transplants can be planted from April to October.

Beech and Hornbeam hedging are normally planted on their own as a single species whereas native, field-hedging is normally a mixture of different species including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Hazel, Dogwood, Spindle and Guelder Rose.

Most native hedging plants are deciduous (i.e. they lose their leaves in winter) with the exception of Holly (Ilex).

We grow a limited selection of larger sizes of container-grown Beech and Hornbeam hedging that can be planted at any time of year and we are expanding the range so watch this space or give us a call on 01460 281265 to see what we have available.

 

Beech – Fagus sylvatica

Beech HedgeCommon Names:  Common Beech, Green Beech, European Beech

Botanical Name: Fagus sylvatica

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30-60cm (1’-2’) per year

Why buy Beech hedging?

Fresh green leaves every spring
Golden-brown leaves in winter
Creates a neat, formal box-shaped hedge
Grows on chalky soils
Hardy

Description

Beech is a deciduous tree that makes an excellent formal garden hedge. It has fresh green leaves in early spring and although it is deciduous (i.e. not evergreen), it often keeps the golden-brown leaves in the winter months providing some screening. Beech is very hardy but will not grow in wet or heavy clay soils – for these use Hornbeam instead.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any well-drained soil that is not wet over the winter months. If you have a heavy clay soil, then grow Hornbeam instead. Full sun or partial shade.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:  

>25m (80ft) but can be kept trimmed to any size.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here or call 01460 281265.

 

Hornbeam

Common Names:  Hornbeam, Common Hornbeam, European Hornbeam, Horn Beech, Horse Beech

Botanical Name:  Carpinus betulus

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30-60cm (1-2ft) per year

Why buy Hornbeam hedging?

Good in heavy clay soils
Attractive green serrated leaves
Creates a neat & tidy formal hedge
Hardy & Tough

Description

Hornbeam is a native to the UK and creates a wonderful formal hedge if pruned regularly. It is very similar to Beech in appearance but has the benefit of growing in heavy clay and will tolerate wetter soils than Beech. It is deciduous but usually holds on to some of its leaves that turn brown in winter.

Soil types & growing conditions

Hornbeam will grow in most soils including heavy clay. It is very hardy and will tolerate windy sites (although not coastal exposure). Grows in full sun or partial shade

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

>25m (75ft) or trim to required height

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -25 to -30°C

For prices and sizes available, please click here or call 01460 281265.

 

Holly - Ilex

Holly (Ilex) hedgeCommon Names:  English Holly, Common Holly

Botanical Name: Ilex aquifolium, Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’

Speed of growth under ideal conditions: 30cm (1ft) per year

Why buy Holly hedging?

Glossy green leaves
Red berries in winter
Evergreen
Low-maintenance
Prickly leaves for security

Description

An excellent evergreen hedging plant that has glossy, dark green, prickly leaves and red berries in the early winter. Good as an intruder deterrent.  Low maintenance as it is slower growing. Holly clips well to create a dense, formal hedge and will regenerate from old wood if you need to cut it back.

Soil types & growing conditions

Any free-draining soil in full sun or light shade. Holly will grow in sheltered or exposed sites.

Eventual height if left untrimmed:

>25m (80ft) but can easily be kept trimmed.

Hardiness:  Hardy down to -20°C

We tend to have more Holly available in the winter months as it can be dug straight from the field.  For prices and sizes available, please call us on 01460 281265.