While some want no more colour than the dark, rich green of Yew (Taxus baccata), others look for something a little more vibrant in their hedge…
If you’re among them, start by taking a look at Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ Pictured Top), Escallonia macrantha rubra ‘Crimson Spire’, Purple Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’) and Lonicera (Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’). Between them they offer a range of colours that goes way beyond green.
And we can’t really talk about colour without mentioning Perovskia Blue Spire (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’ Pictured Bottom): silver-grey foliage, grey to white stems and a proliferation of magnificent violet-blue, tubular flowers in summer.
Other hedging plants offer a splash of colour through their flowers and/ or berries. For example, Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’) has white scented spring flowers followed by attractive red-black summer berries.
And, of course, if you want some colour a little lower down, then there is the whole family of Lavenders including Lavender Alba (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Alba’) – if you count white as a colour.