Instant hedges. Here at Hopes Grove Nurseries we have a wide variety of instant hedges for every budget, to give you the instant effects you are wanting for your garden or landscape project. No more planting and waiting for your plant to grow over the years to the desired look; now you can have what you want in an instant, which is the great advantage to this type of hedging.
All our instant hedges are sold in convenient 1 metre lengths and are available for planting all year round.
Have a think about the type of instant hedge you are looking for, as there are three types:
Small Trough Hedges (20 litres trough size)
These are the most cost effective option, as they are young pre-planted instant hedges that have been trimmed at the sides and will provide an excellent degree of landscape impact at modest cost. They that can be bent and cut into any design or shape you wish. With these hedges planting time is cut by fifty percent compared to using individual plants.These types of hedges are grown in containers, here on our family-run nursery in the heart of Kent. Therefore you are able to plant them in complete confidence, no matter what time of year you do so. These hedges are easily maintainable, and only require one person to plant them. (Each trough weighs approx 10kg depending on how well watered they are)
Small instant hedge troughs will need a trench prepared at least 17cm deep and 17cm wide to accommodate the root system (and some extra to allow for well prepared backfilling) Remove the plastic trough before planting, setting them at 1 metre centres.
Large Trough Hedges (75 litres trough size)
These larger, bushier and taller instant hedges have been grown on from our small troughs for another 2 years at a very wide spacing and will give a much greater instant impact from the moment of planting. While these instant hedges are far more substantial they are still light enough to be handled and moved around easily by two fit people. (Each trough weighs approx 35kg depending on how well watered they are) These trough hedges are grown in rigid plastic troughs on the nursery and then transferred to bio-degradeable cardboard troughs at the point of despatch – simply plant the whole thing, back fill and water well and the cardboard will rot away within a few weeks so you have no plastic waste to dispose of. All of our large troughs are grown here on our own nursery in Kent and are great value for money as there is no middle man, you are buying directly from the grower.
Large instant hedging troughs will require a trench at least 30cm wide and 33cm deep to accommodate the root system (plus extra to allow for backfilling with well prepared soil). They should be planted complete with the cardboard trough which will degrade naturally, setting them at 100cm centres.
Hedging Elements (100 litres trough size)
Our field-grown hedging elements are also great at providing you with an instant hedge, these are the most mature of our instant hedges. They have been accurately trimmed (and the roots to!) for the past few years, to help enable you to have that instant manicured ‘show garden’ effect, with instantaneous privacy too. Hedging element roots tend to oust the possibility of transplant shock, thanks to their root architecture being compact and dense.
They are available all year round and are delivered in biodegradable cardboard troughs which are normally planted with the hedge. Planting these hedges is typically a two person job, especially as they weigh around 150kg per metre section.
Hedge elements will need a trench prepared at least 40cm wide and 33cm deep to accommodate the root system, plus a little extra to allow for backfilling with well prepared soil. They should be planted complete with the cardboard trough which will quickly degrade naturally, setting them at 100cm centres.
With all instant hedges we suggest when planting to thoroughly water their roots, and recommend our soaker hose for this purpose. Add RootGrow as a valuable asset for establishing your hedges, ensuring that it gets off to the best possible start in your garden.
Don’t forget our ever popular Rootballed Hedges and our Pot Grown Hedges, in pot sizes of ten litres and over, for other ways of providing the instant hedge effect you require. If you are ordering a large quantity of plants then don’t forget to give us a call, as we do offer tailored quotes for large orders with sizeable discounts.
To view our range of instant hedging please click on one of hedges you are interested in below or browse all our hedging plants. Should you have any questions or require any advice before making a purchase then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialist team members on 01580 765600, or take a look at our contact page.
Further Information about Instant Hedging
The most popular Instant hedging species
Common Box (Buxus sempervirens) Instant Plants
Purchasing Buxus sempervirens as Instant hedging can relieve the stress of having to wait for the plants to knit together and form a solid hedge. They are supplied grown in metre length troughs, regularly trimmed for density, so estimating how much to buy is easy. Just take out a well prepared trench, plant and backfill – an instant Box hedge.
Green Beech (Fagus sylvatica) Instant Hedging
Green Beech or Fagus sylvatica is one of the most popular hedges, the wavy edged mid green leaves emerge in late spring and become darker and deeper green as they age. During the autumn months the foliage colour softens to buttery yellow tones before turning to a coppery brown, these leaves are then retained during the winter making Green Beech one of the few deciduous hedges that offers year round privacy.
Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea) Instant hedging
Purple Beech or Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ is the colourful purple version of one of the most popular hedging, the wavy edged leaves emerge greenish-purple in late spring and become darker and richer purple as they mature. During the autumn months, the foliage colour softens gradually through purple-green to buttery yellow tones before turning to a coppery brown, these leaves are then retained during the winter making Purple Beech one of the few deciduous plants that offers both year round privacy and year round interest.
Common Laurel or Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia) Instant Hedging
Cherry Laurels are completely evergreen giving year round privacy so they are a very good choice for boundary hedges, and they are a tough, hardy plant that will easily put up with a bad winter. Laurel is suitable for medium and large hedges from 120cm up to several metres and they grow quite fast at 30-60cm a year, they’re great for filtering noise pollution and they will shelter your garden from damaging strong winds
Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica Angustifolia) Instant hedging
Here we have one of our best selling evergreen plants, we grow and sell the Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’) grown from cuttings. This is a better quality clone with a slightly smaller and neater leaf that is more suited to trimming with shears or a hedgtrimmer giving a beautiful and tidy evergreen hedge.
Golden Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium Aureum) Instant Hedging
Golden Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’) is the most colourful member of the Privet family, the pointed oval dark green leaves are edged with golden yellow and the leaves are frequently retained during the winter months, particularly if the winter weather is not too cold or in the more sheltered climate of suburban gardens. Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ is a semi evergreen, on the more exposed sites and during very cold periods of weather some leaves can fall but the hedge will re leaf early the following season.
Green Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) Instant hedging
Green Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is one of the most popular and familiar hedging, the oval leaves are mid green at first, becoming darker green as they mature. Clusters of fragrant white flowers appear in summer especially on untrimmed plants.
Privet is a semi evergreen hedging shrub, the leaves stay on the plant in milder winters but some may fall during colder weather or where the plant has been used on more exposed planting sites, the hedge will always re leaf early the following season. In more sheltered gardens and milder winters a Green Privet hedge will stay evergreen all winter.
Thuja plicata Atrovirens instant hedging
Western Red Cedar hedges are great plants for giving coverage quickly growing at up to 60cm a year, but without getting out of hand, they may be kept at any size from 150cm up to several metres with a single trim each autumn – twice a year for a sharper and more formal look.
Thuja hedging conifers have distinctive foliage, if you look closely the coniferous leaves are arranged in flattened sprays and when crushed they give off a pleasant fruity scent. Thuja plicata ‘Atrovirens’ has rich, glossy deep green foliage and makes a splendid evergreen hedge or screen.
English Yew (Taxus baccata) Instant hedging
One of our nations favourite hedges, the English Yew or Taxus baccata is the aristocrat of hedging species having deepest green small foliage that trims perfectly into any shape and is suitable for hedges of all sizes from just 30cm up to many metres – and anything in between.
Yews have just one dislike – wet waterlogged soil which they simply will not tolerate. If you can provide drainage they will forgive all other soils and situations from chalk to clay, full sun to full shade and sheltered to exposed. This really is an easy and rewarding hedge to grow, very long lasting, low maintenance and rarely suffering from pests and diseases.