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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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