HedgeXpress: Most Popular Edging Plants

Around paths, borders and beds, edging plants delineate the shape and flow of a garden. Whether planted in containers, individually or as a low hedge, these edging plants are versatile, good-looking and an essential finishing touch…
#4 Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ AGM & Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ AGM
We’ve grouped the two Euonymus varieties together because the only real difference between them is their aesthetic appeal…
Both are hardy, easy to maintain, drought resistant and happy in any well-drained soil situated in full sun to partial shade. So, the choice is between the subtle bright green of ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’’s variegated foliage or the rich, darkish green leaves of Emerald Gaiety, irregularly edged in white that can take on a subtle pinkish hue in winter. And if you can’t make up your mind, why not mix the two?
#3 Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ (Dwarf Box)
Dwarf Box is the choice for a low growing hedge with which to edge a bed or border or to lay out a French-style parterre. Its bright green foliage and delicate, pale yellow spring flowers make it a particularly attractive edging plant. It grows steadily but slowly so is easy to maintain and shape.
#2 Rosemary Miss Jessopp’s Upright (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’) AGM
Edible edging doesn’t get better than Rosemary – and Miss Jessopp’s Upright is a chef’s favourite. Away from the kitchen, it keeps both its compact shape and upright bearing with minimum attention, while its foliage is highly decorative with dark green leaves displaying a whitish underside enhanced by delicate pale blue flowers in spring and summer.
Drought tolerant, it is ideal for coastal gardens and more formal planting. Plant it to create a low border or hedge; as ground cover or as a specimen plant in a border, raised bed or container.
#1 Lavenders
For over 600 years, the Lavender and the Rose have been sparring for the title of the country’s most English plant. Both have been cultivated for millennia, though most of the hybrid Roses that grace modern gardens no more than a couple of centuries old – Lavender came to our shores with the Romans and has brought fragrance and beauty to our homes and gardens ever since.
NB: We will look at our most popular Lavender varieties in a few posts time.