If you have a particulary windy and exposed site to plant with trees, shrubs and hedging plants then please do take a look through the list below for inspiration. Included in this list as you might expect are many of our native plants together with a good number of reliable and tough garden plants suitable for all purposes.
When planting trees and hedging on windy sites please do take extra care with staking and support to prevent wind rock in the early stages until they become established, constant rocking will open a hole at the base of the stem which can fill with water, a common cause of failiure. Please do check regularly after planting and re firm where necessary.
Bare rooted evergreens and semi evergreens such as Yew, Cotoneaster and Privet can be particularly vulnerable to dessication from drying winds in these situations before the roots re establish, we would recommend using our windbreak netting (firmly supported) to offer some protection, or using pot grown plants of the same species which we always have available.
A recurring plant in Gertude Jekylls garden designs, Bergenia is a useful evergreen perennial, in winter and spring wiry stems erupt from the foliage with cerise pink flowers.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This large evergreen shrub has grey green leaves that have a scaly silver underside. Small perfumed white flowers appear in autumn followed by orange berries in spring.
Another very colourful variety of Elaeagnus, this variety has silver-scaly young tender leaves developing into a lustrous combination of rich yellow and green.
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.
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.
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.
Coryllus Avellana or Hazel as more commonly known can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. The edible nuts in autumn are followed by yellow catkins in winter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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