Conifer hedges – Conifer hedging is a versatile and much used type of hedging plant for privacy and filtering of pollution. There are many types of conifer that can be used, the most well known being the fast growing Cupressocyparis (Green Leylandii) which is also available in gold (Castlewellan Gold).
Coniferous hedges, although popular for their aesthetics and versatility, are occasionally prone to damage by insects. You can find out more on our tips for controlling cypress aphids page.
Thuja Plicata Atrovirens (Western Red Cedar) is a great alternative to Leylandii. It is slightly slower growing at 40-60cm per year making it a little easier to maintain compared to Green Leylandii that grows at approximately 75-90cm per year. One of the advantages of Thuja is that it can be cut back hard into the old wood and will still re-grow, handy to know if your Thuja hedge has become too large.
Another useful hedging conifer is Thuja Brabant (White Cedar, Thuja occidentalis ‘Brabant’). This tough and hardy conifer has an upright habit, it retains its glossy dark green foliage all through winter.
For a smaller conifer hedge, Emerald Thuja Smaragd (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’) is easily maintained at heights of 120cm upwards, with its attractive sprays of emerald green foliage it makes a striking addition to the garden and doesn’t take up too much space.
A more traditional quintessentially English hedge from the conifer family is the English Yew hedging plants (Taxus baccata), suitable to grow in most soil types providing the site is free draining. It can be tightly clipped into neat shapes and precise lines and many British stately homes boast very old Yew hedges clipped into fanciful shapes. The slower growing Taxus baccata fastigiata (Irish Yew hedge) typically grows in an upright columnar shape and is a favourite to use as an architectural feature. It makes a tightly knitted hedge and needs very little if any pruning.
Both varieties of Yew hedging plants are very long lived.
If you are looking for a native tall ornamental windbreak/shelter belt, then Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine) is a large conifer with attractive blue-green needles and grows approximately 30-50cm per year.
Without a doubt, although much maligned, conifer hedging can provide all year round screening, a green canvas against which other shrubs and plants shine and create architectural year round interest in the garden.
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