Chalky soil can make for difficult growing conditions for many hedging plants and shrubs as the topsoil layer may be particularly thin and prone to drought during the summer months. However there are many of our garden plants that will thrive in these conditions, not only the classic English hedges of Box and Yew, but also a whole range of our native trees and shrubs together with many other excellent hedging plants such as Beech, Holly, Lavender and Viburnum. Scroll down to see our complete range of hedging, trees and ground cover plants that will thrive in gardens with chalky soil.
Aromatic and low growing, Tyme is perfect for sunny situations, planted at the front of flower beds or among paving, or anywhere you care to enjoy the intoxicating scent!
A prolific and easily grown perennial, the tall upright stems carry flat clusters of Lavender purple flowers from June until Autumn. Very popular with garden designers.
Italian Alder is a fast growing tree with an attractive conical shape. Suited to wet and chalky sites. Pretty heart shaped leaves and useful for windbreaks.
A trusty native favourite, Green Beech Fagus Sylvatica has interest all year round with its vibrant green leaf in summer and russet brown in winter. Great for wildlife.
The colourful purple leaved variety of Beech hedging, the new growth is rich purple red and darkens to deep purple, like green beech the foliage turns to russet brown in winter.
A great evergreen variety of Berberis making a dense and fairly fast growing prickly hedge, masses of rich orange flowers appear in late spring followed by edible barberries.
A deciduous prickly plant that is an excellent intruder deterent often used as a security hedge. Colourful features of yellow flowers in spring and red barberries in autumn.
This purple variety of Berberis is a deciduous medium sized extremely prickly shrub. Yellow flowers are followed by vibrant red fruits complimenting the red leaf.
This dwarf form of Berberis with dense bushy growth has attractive reddish purple foliage in summer which turns to an eyecatching red in autumn.
A fast growing prickly evergreen shrub making a very dense security hedge. Masses of rich yellow flowers in late spring are followed by spherical blue fruits.
An easy to grow tough native tree that tolerates damp ground. A less weeping habit than other Birch having an unusual downy covering on the shoots.
Also know as Canoe Birch this is a large conical decidous tree. The peeling bark varies from orange when newly exposed to brown then white.
The peeling white Bark of Silver Birch makes this narrow conical native tree a favourite choice for impact in the garden. Produces yellow catkins in spring.
Blackthorn or Prunus spinosa is a tough and floriferous native shrub often seen in mixed wild hedgerows, masses of the Damson-like Sloes appear in Autumn.
Buxus Sempervirens or Common Box is one of the most popular evergreen plants for low hedges. Its neat compact habit also makes it ideal for topiary.
A very low growing variety of Box also know as Buxus Sempervirens suffruticosa. Perfect for edging vegetable plots and paths. Easy to maintain as only grows at 5-10cm per year.
A popular choice with its pretty emerald green rounded leaves and mound forming habit. A versatile plant suited for both hedging and ground cover.
Box variegated is a very attractive variety of Box with irregular creamy white margins to the leaf edge. Is similar in habit and growth to Dwarf Box.
Dark green dense thicket forming habit of Commom Buckthorn produces green flowers in spring with rich red fruits maturing to shiny black. A large deciduous native shrub.
The long slender white racemes of the Cherry Bird Prunus Padus, a native small to medium deciduous tree are almond scented and followed by black fruits.
The dark green leaves of the Cherry Wild Prunus Avium are intially bronze, then turn red and yellow in autumn. Edible red fruits in summer follow the white springtime flowers.
Horse Chesnut is a large magnificent deciduous tree commonly known as a conker tree. Candle like white flowers in spring are followed by shiny brown conkers in autumn.
A splendid large deciduous tree with long oblong toothed leaves. Masses of catkins in July are followed by edible nuts in autumn. Sweet Chestnut is widely used for coppicing.
Arching branches of Cotoneaster Lacteus have masses of tiny white flowers in summer and bright red berries in autumn. A very pretty evergreen hedging plant.
The Wild Crabapple is one of our native trees sought after for the crabapple jelly made from its fruits, it also makes an excellent hedging plant, particularly in mixed hedges.
Olearia Haastii makes a good low hedge with its dense habit. Glossy oval dark green leaves are white and felted underneath with yellow centred white flowers. Good coastal plant.
A very good plant for coastal conditions the Olearia Macrodonta has large sage green holly like leaves with a silvery underside. Fragrant creamy white heads of flowers in summer.
The striking black stem colour and deep green foliage which turns purple in autumn makes this an unusual and eye catching display if planted in groups in borders.
The Common Dogwood has greenish red stems with vibrant red autumn leaf colour. Also produces white flowers in spring which are then followed by spherical black fruits.
The Gold Variegated variety of Dogwood has red stems and pretty green leaves with a colourful yellow edging. The creamy white flowers are followed by bluish white fruits.
The bright red, yellow and orange stem colour of Midwinter Fire with the striking autumn leaf colour of orange and yellow makes this a superb addition to the garden.
Red stem Dogwood is a very popular variety with stunning red stem colour. Produces flat white flowers followed by white fruits set against the red and orange autumn leaves.
Silver Variegated Dogwood has attractive silver edged green leaves set against the reddish coloured stems. Very effective when planted in groups or as an informal hedge.
The yellow stem Dogwood is most effective when planted in groups with red stem or other varieties. As with all other Dogwoods will make an effective informal hedge.
Probably the most familiar of the Elder family this deciduous native shrub has clusters of white flowers followed by small black elderberries. Suits chalky and coastal sites.
This is a small, dense bushy shrub with a colourful golden edging to the green leaves. In winter these attractive variegated leaves also take on a tinge of red colour.
This small evergreen shrub has a dense bushy habit of growth. The green leaves have a pretty silver edging and in winter take on a tinge of pink. Also useful for ground cover.
White flowers followed by red berries make a fantastic show against the deep blue green leaf colour of Ilex Meservae Blue Princess. Makes an excellent dense hedge.
One of our best sellers, Hornbeam is easy to establish and thrives where it is too wet for Beech, it also retains its nut brown foliage in winter. Our plants are the best you will find.
Prunus Lusitanica has a dark green ovate pointed leaf with white flowers followed by dark red fruits. Makes a lovely attractive hedge being a very useful and verstile plant.
Large ovate glossy leaves of Aucuba Japonica Variegata have speckled yellow markings making it an attractive alternative to the more common laurel hedge. A versatile plant.
Lavender Grosso is the most widely used lavender for oil and cut flower production. The mid blue flowers over grey green foliage appear late in the season in August.
Hidcote is one of the most popular lavenders being a more compact variety. It makes an excellent low hedge producing purple-violet flowers from June onwards.
Lavender Imperial Gem is a bushy variety of English Lavender with tightly packed rich purple flowers above silvery foliage. It can be used as a substitute for Lavender Hidcote.
Lavender Munstead is another popular variety of the small evergreen shrub similar to Hidcote but with masses of mid blue flowers from June onwards.
Lavender angustifolia Rosea is a small evergreen shrub similar to Lavender Hidcote but slightly taller ,growing to 75cm, and with a show of pale pink flower spikes.
Lavender Provence Blue is planted extensively in southern France but will tolerate the damp British climate. Deep blue flowers complement the grey green foliage.
Lavender White Edelweiss is a strong bushy but compact variety of lavender. The grey green foliage sits well against the white flowers which start as pink buds.
Although it is a great deciduous hedge in its own right, the Field Maple is more commonly seen mixed into native hedgerows, beautiful golden yellow autumn foliage.
Sorbus are small and compact deciduous trees chosen primarily for thier colourful berries and foliage in autumn. They are easy to grow and popular with wildlife.
Quercus Robra the majestic English Oak is a well knownand much loved parkland tree. Produces acorns in the autumn and is greatly valued for its timber.
Holm Oak is a large evergreen variety of the very familiar Oak tree. It can make an attractive clipped hedge in its own right and is particularly suited to coastal sites.
The Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris is not really a hedging plant but it does make a welcome evergreen screening plant especially when combined with other native species.
The Lombardy Poplar, Populus nigra italica is a fast growing and very distinctive deciduous tree, great for architectural planting where space permits, or for a tall narrow screen.
The rich gold markings on the foliage of this semi evergreen large shrub makes Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum a great alternative to green privet for a bit of colour.
Ligustrum Ovalifolium is a popular versatile semi evergreen widely used for hedging. It is fast growing creating a lovely dense hedge with medium sized dark green leaves.
Often used in mixed hedges Ligustrum Vulgare is a semi evergreen with shiny green leaves and white flowers followed by black fruits in autumn attracting wildlife.
Metaseqoia glytostroboides is a very large deiduous conifer that can be clipped to form a bushy hedge with fresh green feathery foliage that turns to pink and gold in Autumn.
The white flowers of the Rosa Arvensis are followed by deep red hips in autumn. A dense growing shrub often found in country hedgerows. Grows 30-60cm per year.
A rose with clusters of fragrant single white flowers in summer on arching branches followed by bright red hips. Rosa Multiflora is a vigorous rose growing 60cm per year.
An attractive shrub rose Rosa Glauca has a delicate single pink flower that contrasts beautifully against thorny purple stems and greyish purple foliage. Red hips in autumn.
The Rosa Rugosa Rubra has an upright prickly habit making it one of the best roses to make a rose hedge. The fragrant rosy red single flowers are followed by large red hips.
Upright stems of Rosa Rugosa White are covered with masses of small thorns making an excellent pretty security hedge. Fragrant white flowers through summer and autumn.
Rosa Spinosissima or Rosa Pimpinellifolia makes an excellent attractive dense thicket with highly scented single delicate yellow flowers followed by dark almost black hips.
The aromatic sweet smelling foliage of Rosa Rubiginosa is accompanied by bright pink flowers in summer followed by deep orange hips. Creates a good vigourous hedge.
Snowberry is a great low maintenance hedging shrub that is grows anywhere from full sun to very shady making it an excellent and low cost choice for difficult sites.
One of our most colourful hedgerow natives that does particularly well on chalky soil, in Autumn the leaves turn to rich pinkish-red, the same colour as the intriguing fruits.
An attractive evergreen conifer with an upright bushy habit which is easier to maintain than Leylandii. The glossy dark green foliage makes for a splendid hedge or screen.
Thuja Plicata Atrovirens or Western Red Cedar is a fast growing upright conifer with aromatic green foliage. It is a good alternative to Green Leylandii as it is easier to maintain.
Viburnum Tinus, Lauristinus is a large evergreen bushy shrub with glossy dark green foliage. White flowerheads appear out of pink buds from November through to May.
Viburnum lantana is our native Wayfaing Tree, a familiar wild hedgerow plant especially common on chalky soils, the fruits mature to red and black from white flower clusters.
Catkins appear with the green leaves in spring on this large deciduous tree. Salix Alba Vitelina has beautiful egg yolk yellow new shoots if pruned hard every other spring.
Narrow leaves covered in silvery hairs of this small deciduous tree with upright habit Salix Viminalis open after the catkins appear. WIllow Osier is widely used in basket making.
The stunning Scarlet Willow has brilliant orange scarlet stems. Salix Alba Chermesina should be pruned every other spring to ensure the full effect of the stem colour.
English Yew is a classic green conifer often seen in churchyards. A very dense growing hedge or topiary plant which grows well in well drained soil.
The Malus Golden Hornet gives an autumnal and often winter display of bright yellow crabapples not only useful for their jelly but for a cheering effect on any garden.
Hardy and easily grown, Malus John Downie is supposedly the best of the crab apples for jelly. Fairly large orange-red fruits add a lovely splash of autumn and winter colour.
Exceptional rich purple foliage and catkins which are reddish purple followed by a crop of purple nuts in late summer. Those attributes make this a most eye catching hedge.
Mahonia also known as Oregon Grape are large evergreen shrubs with spikey leathery pinnate leaves. They make a great focal point in any garden.
Deep green lustrous leaves of this delightful small evergreen Arbutus unedo are a splendid backdrop for white pendant flowers in Autumn with maturing fruits from previous year.
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