A forager’s perfect hedgerow! A diverse wildlife friendly mixture of reliable hedging species to provide a varied annual harvest of nuts, hips and berries, born on a stock proof hedge.
Our specially selected mixture of hedgerow plants will provide a varied annual crop of nuts, hips and berries suitable for making jams, syrups, (and sloe gins!) and of course for eating fresh.
These plants will knit together to make a dense hedge that is both stock proof and will support a wide variety of wildlife.
Foraging/edible hedges can be maintained at any height from 120cm up to several metres. They are best trimmed once a year at any time from August onwards, ideally in winter. (Taking care to leave some of the persistent berries/fruits for the birds if you prefer). Our foraging/edible hedgerow mix is suitable for all soil types in full sun and partial shade, they are well suited to windy and exposed planting sites where these tough, predominately native plants will quickly establish and thrive.
Our edible hedgerow mix is made up of the following plant species:
25% Quickthorn (Hawthorn, May) – Crataegus Monogyna
25% Blackthorn (Sloe) – Prunus Spinosa
25% Hazel – Corylus Avellana
25% selected from the following (a minimum of 5 from this list)
Wild Pear – Pyrus Communis
Dog Rose – Rosa Canina
Elder – Sambucus Nigra
Wild Crabapple – Malus Sylvestris
Myrobalan Plum – Prunus Cerasifera
Snowny Mespilus (June Berry) – Amelanchier Lamarckii
When planting a new foraging/edible native hedge, we recommend using 3 plants per metre for a single row hedge. (setting each plant 13inches/33cm apart).
For a thicker double row hedge use 5 plants per metre, (setting the plants 40cm apart in each row with 40cm between the 2 rows).
For an extra thick and dense hedge that may be achieved more quickly, use 7 plants per metre in a double row (setting each plant 11inches/28cm apart in each row with 40cm between the 2 rows).
Edible mix native hedge plants are supplied as top quality bare root plants available when dormant from November until April which is when they should also be planted. All our hedgerow mixes are sold in multiples of 10 plants and our minimum order is 20 plants.
If you have any questions about our Edible Mix native hedge mixture or any other plants in our range please call our sales team on 01580 765600.