We have an excellent selection of thorney plants to provide security and deter intruders from your boundary, whether you need evergreen security hedging such as Berberis darwinii or Pyracantha, a thorney flowering hedge such as our selection of Roses, our very popular native hedgerow mixes or a more formal or tall security hedge such as Holly.
For a really impenetrable barrier you could try planting these prickly plants on either side of a strong wire netting fence where they will grow through the netting to form a particularly secure boundary as the plants develop, a technique used by many farmers.
Many of these plants may also be planted in groups instead of a hedge where they will grow into a prickly thicket to prevent access where this is undesirable, on the corner of a plot where people cut through for example. Scroll down to see our complete range of prickly species.
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.
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.
Silvery green prickly foliage of Sea Buckthorn, a plant that thrives in coastal conditions, has tiny yellow flowers in spring followed by bright orange berries.
With its brilliant display of bright yellow flowers, Gorse is one of the most floriferous native plants and one of the most thorney, these plants thrive in dry and acidic soils.
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.
A traditional hedge very popular due to its dense impenetrable yet attractive nature. Ilex Aquifolium has tiny white flowers and red berries on females plants. All are seed grown.
The bare branches of the Myrobalan Plum are clothed with white flowers in spring followed by edible cherry plums in Autumn, makes a dense hedge on its own or in a mix.
Pyracantha Mohave is a large prickly evergreen shrub with upright growth. The white flowers in spring are followed by masses of orange/red berries in late autumn.
Pyracantha Orange Glow makes an excellent prickly evergreen security hedge but is also very attractive with the white flowers appearing in June followed by orange berries.
Pyracantha Red Column is an attractive but thorny evergreen shrub with white flowers in June followed by bright red berries. It makes a very effective impenetrable barrier.
Another colourful display this time with yellow berries from this much to offer plant. As with all Pyracantha a superb security hedge. Fast growing at 30-60cm per year.
Farmers know a good hedge when they see one, Crataegus monogyna is the backbone of many rural hedges, the flowers and fruits attract many forms of wildlife.
Rosa Canina is often found in mixed hedgerows with its arching stems and pale pink flowers in summer. The red hips in autumn are good for making rose hip syrup.
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.
The glossy green foliage of Rosa Virginiana becomes colourful in autumn. This smaller growing species has bright pink flowers and glistening red hips on slender erect thickets.
A low cost mix of top quality plants, prepared with 75% quickthorn and 25% using a minimum of 5 species from Alder, Blackthorn, Dog Rose, Field Maple, Hazel and Spindle.
The most varied mix you will find with almost year round interest, 70% Quickthorn and Blackthorn to knit the hedge together, 30% remainder mixed from 16 other species.
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