Hedge or Fence – Which is Better? Part 4: Which Plant to Choose

Having, I hope, made the case for the hedge fence, this post looks at the variety of hedge plants available. All of the following suggestions are for hedge plants that will achieve the necessary height to do the work of fully-fledged 6ft fence panels. Obviously, do check on the website that your preferred hedge plant is suitable for your soil and situation before ordering.
Boundary Markers
Beech, Cherry Laurel, Common Box, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’, Griselinia Littoralis, Hornbeam, Leylandii, Photinia Red Robin, Privet, Purple Copper Beech and Yew.
Screen
Beech, Cherry Laurel, Common Box, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’, Griselinia Littoralis, Hornbeam, Leylandii, Photinia Red Robin, Privet, Purple Copper Beech and Yew.
Evergreens
Common Box, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’, Griselinia Littoralis, Cherry Laurel, Leylandii, Photinia Red Robin, Privet and Yew.
Best Windbreaks
Common Box, Leylandii, Privet and Yew.
Fastest Growing
Cherry Laurel, Leylandii and Privet.
NB: If you are considering Leylandii, please ensure that its location is suitable for this magisterial, but very quick and tall growing tree.
A Splash of Extra Colour
Beech, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’, Photinia Red Robin and Purple Copper Beech.