The Low-Down On Low Down Yew Hedging (Part 2)

The classic image of the Yew is a neatly clipped tall hedge or perhaps a topiary cone of geometric perfection towering even higher. But there is a lot more to Yew than the grandeur of height. Indeed, the Yew makes an excellent edging plant…

But you don’t always have to look up to appreciate the Yew – you can also look down on it as it makes an excellent edging plant for borders, islands or, if you are a little more ambitious, a knot garden. The same requirement for good drainage still applies (please see our previous blog) but after that, everything about the Yew recommends it for this use…

  • Given that edging plants are, by definition, not required to be tall, the Yew’s more sedate rate of growth shouldn’t trouble even the most impatient
  • And because height is not an objective, smaller container grown Yews are ideal, making it a highly cost-effective choice for the budget conscious
  • Traditionally, hedging plants used for edging, regardless of how informal the planting behind them may be, are kept neat and geometric. And no hedging plant used in this way requires less time to keep in shape than the Yew
  • Yew is exceptionally resistant to pests and diseases
  • And finally, the darker green of Yew makes it an excellent foil for even the most vibrantly coloured flowers and plants that may be grown within the space it defines

For edging, we recommend that Yew be planted at 30cm intervals. Within a couple of years the plants should form a continuous mini-hedge.   Photo Credit: Louise and Colin via Compfight cc