Follow these simple stages in order and you will end up with hedging plants that will thrive in your garden, fulfill the task you want them to and provide years of pleasure. For full details, see our Hedging Guide on the website:
1. Growing Conditions
The priority factors to establish are:
Soil type – chalk, clay or loam
Soil pH – laurels, for example, do not like strongly acid soils.
Drainage – few hedging plants will tolerate being waterlogged
Sun or shade – some hedging plants will tolerate either, others are more particular
2. Ease of Maintenance
No hedging plant is difficult to maintain, but if you want or need to minimise the work involved, choose accordingly.
Boundary – If your hedge is to delineate, rather than secure, a boundary, then choose any that meet the criteria listed in 1. above
Security – go for a thick, close-knit hedge like Privet or Yew
Privacy – if your hedge is there to block out an eyesore (or nosy neighbours), choose an evergreen
Decoration – For simple but unmatched elegance, Yew is supreme. For colour, try Photinia Red Robin, Copper Beech or either Lonicera Baggersen’s Gold or Beech will do you proud.
4. Patience vs. Budget
The simple reality is that the smaller the plant you choose, the less it will cost – but the longer you will have to wait for it to reach its optimum height. There is no right answer and gardeners must decide for themselves the optimum compromise between what they spend and how long they are prepared to wait.