Wet sites are often associated with low lying areas near water courses and especially with heavy clay soils with a high water table. Such areas are often prone to winter waterlogging and flooding, while there are many garden hedging plants and trees that are not suited to these harsher conditions such as Beech and Yew, the good news is there is a great selection of trees, shrubs and hedging plants that will revel in these wet boggy conditions!
Please scroll down for inspiration, most notably on this list for hedging purposes are the Hornbeam (a great and very similar Beech substitute), Quickthorn and Blackthorn and our native hedgerow mixes. Many of our native plants and trees are suitable and of course the Willows and Dogwoods prized for their spectacular winter stem colours.
Our native Common Alder is an easy to establish tree particularly suited to wet sites and also finds use for hedging and as a screen, the seeds are popular with birds.
Alnus incana, the Grey Alder is a tough species that thrives in difficult and wet sites where its nitrogen fixing roots help prevent soil erosion, suitable for hedges and screens.
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.
The snowy mespilus has beautiful bronzy coloured new leaves contrasting with the masses of white flowers followed by edible black berries and great autumn colour.
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.
Buckthorn Alder thrives on wet sites. The green glossy ovate leaves of this deciduous native shrub or small tree turn yellow in autumn. Bright red berries ripen to black.
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.
A colourful harbinger of Spring, the bare branches of Forsythia spectabilis are clothed in a mass of golden yellow flowers early in the year, an easy and reliable plant.
One of our most beautiful native shrubs, the maple-like foliage is a foil for the lacecap flowers that develop into translucent shiney berries, a must for any native mixed 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.
Tilia Cordata has small heart shaped leaves with red brown hairs underneath and highly scented flowers. Used for pleaching, pollarding, tree lined avenues and hedges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A majestic large fast growing tree with pendulous growth. Salix x Chrysocoma is often found by water with narrow green leaves and golden yellow winter bare stems.
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.
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.
A plethora of rich pink double flowers are produced to cover the branches from mid to late spring of this compact small tree. A highly ornamental choice for the garden.
The masses of double scarlet flowers which appear in mid to late spring are stunning on this shrubby little tree. They are an easily grown addition to a smaller garden.
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