Further Information about Instant Hedging
The most popular Instant hedging species
Common Box (Buxus sempervirens) Instant hedging 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 hedging plants, 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 hedging plants 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 plants, 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 hedging 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 hedging 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 plants
Green Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is one of the most popular and familiar hedging plants, 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 plants
Western Red Cedar hedges are great hedging 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 plants
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.