Yew hedging plants – The yew hedge (Taxus Baccata) is seen as the aristocrat of English hedging plants, and is often used for topiary, providing elegant dense hedging in whatever shape you desire. Yew hedges can act as a barrier against noise, or can be used to sculpt flower beds and vegetables.Renowned for being one of the oldest hedges in Europe, yew can often be found in many churchyards around the country.
Yew hedging plants thrive once established in most situations, whether they’re in dense shade or full sunshine.The hedge is dark green in colour with red berries that are poisonous to humans and animals, and are naturally found in chalky soil areas as well as in acidic soil.It is relatively easy to maintain a yew plant, as it only requires good drainage. They are renowned for growing slowly, however a new, young yew hedge with good soil preparation can grow a foot in a year.
The speed at which they grow does slow down as they get older, resulting in them being one of the tidiest hedges to own – often with a single trim yearly being sufficient.
Few of our hedging plants are as versatile as Yew, use them as a tiny decorative hedge as small as 30cm to replace Box that has succumbed to blight, or as a larger decorative hedge or for screening and privacy. Yew hedges can be grown up to several metres and the plants can be trained into just about any topiary shape – limited only by the topiarists imagination!
Yew hedges have a reputation for being very slow growing, certainly old hedges and trees will live up to this but newly planted Yew hedges planted into good, well-prepared soil should add a good 30cm a year once established. Even the more modest sized Yew plants we offer should give some coverage within a few years.
Established Yew hedges and topiary specimens are best trimmed in Autumn, once a year is perfectly adequate, twice a year for a real show garden look!
This plant will grow in any soil type from the alkaline conditions of chalk, right through to very acidic soil and anything in between including clay. These robust hedging plants will tolerate full sun right through to full shade, the only ‘must have’ for a Yew hedge is good drainage which isn’t negotiable. If there is any tendency of waterlogging at the site you wish to plant a Yew hedge, then drainage must be improved. Or alternatively a different species of hedge for wet ground should be chosen.
Take a look at the range of yew hedging plants we currently have on offer below. If you have any questions about our hedges then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team members on 01580 765600, or take a look at our contact page.