Hedging plants are generally hardy and, once established, should cope with what the English climate and weather throws at them. There are some varieties, though, that need a degree of shelter. Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) for example, can be planted in an exposed location but will be less likely to keep its leaves come autumn and winter. A few plants should not be planted where they will be fully exposed to the elements, especially strong winter winds. These include
• Purple Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’)
• Escallonia Macrantha AGM
• Griselinia Littoralis
NB: Pic. above is of a Hornbeam hedge.