Picking the right hedge is not as easy as it seems. With many different varieties and colours, it can make all the difference to your garden. The right hedge can really make your garden; bring out the colours of your plants, patios or house. So choosing can take a lot of homework- or a helpful gardener.

Top 5 hedging plants:

  • Conifer Taxus baccata (yew)
  • Large evergreen Prunus lusitanica (Portugese laurel)
  • Low growing Lavandula angustifolia
  • Native Carpinus betulus (hornbeam)
  • Seaside garden Rosa rugosa

Evergreens are always my hedge of choice, as you have year round coverage and colour. The only downside to these are they can require more maintaining, trimming once or twice a year.


Easily the most popular hedge. It is evergreen, hardy, cheap and the fastest growing hedge. It is dark green in colour and creates a neat solid hedge.

Thuja Emerald
The lowest maintenance hedging requires little to no trimming as it holds its shape well. A bright green pyramidal conifer, it looks great on its own in a pot or as a barrier in a row. A very smart looking plant.

Large Evergreens

Like the Leylandi this hedging is also popular due to the fact it is fast growing, hardy, cheap and evergreen. Laurel leaves are large, round and bright green. This hedging can provide instant screening is planted close. Trimming is also only needed once a year.

Portuguese Laurel
This has a smaller darker green leaf with a red stem and can produce highly scented white flowers, it has red seed like fruit, toxic but in too small a quantity to be harmful. Not so hardy this plant is not suited to the salty coastal areas.
The downside to all Laurel types are the toxicity of the leaves and flowers to livestock. Aside from the Bay Laurel which is not poisonous.

‘Photinia’ Red Robin
A favourite hedge of mine. This hedge requires pruning twice a year to keep dense, but looks stunning with bright red leaves, especially in spring. Evergreen and fast growing. This plant can grow just as well in sun or partial shade, but needs sheltering from windy areas as this can damage the leaves.


Griselinia littoralis
Glossy apple green leaves, a vibrant very green hedge. A low maintenance, hardy hedge and ideal for coastal exposure, this hedging prefers full sun. Fast-growing, dense and generally pest-free, there is quite a variation on this plant for various colours and leaf sizes.

Box Hedging

A formal hedge that is neat and trim. These can add structure to a garden and look good in smaller gardens, pots or often individually clipped and shaped. Generally hardy plants.

Native Hedge plants

A wide variety of these including Beech, Hornbeam, Hazel, Hawthorn, Dogwood and Holly.

Large green leaves in spring and attractive golden brown leaves in winter. A very hardy plant that makes a neat hedge trimmed. I love the natural look of this hedge and the leaf colour change, although not as strong shelter is provided by the dead winter leaves.

A hardy Evergreen with bright red berries in Winter. As much as I love holly a bit too prickly for my own taste in a garden, it does however make an excellent intruder deterrent. It regenerates well if needed to be cut back and can be clipped for a dense formal hedge or a field hedge.

By | 2017-07-21T15:53:40+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Blog|