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Types of Hedging

Use our clever Best Hedging plants For Me tool to understand the different types of hedges and find out which hedging plants are best suited to your gardening needs.

Choosing the best hedging species for your garden is vital to ensure that your plants are given the correct conditions to survive and grow into a healthy hedge.

If you choose an unsuitable variety, there is the chance that you will be faced with a range of problems, including a hedge that outgrows its allotted space, damaging other surrounding plants, or not getting the features you anticipated to create the attractive hedge you planned.

Our tool reduces the risk of ending up with a hedge that requires constant care to compensate for the fact that it is unsuited to your soil or has a different growth rate to that which is manageable for you.

How does the Best Hedging plants for me tool work?

You can narrow down our huge range of hedge plants by selecting the correct soil type, the desired final height, planting position, growth rate or favourite feature for your ideal hedge.

By narrowing down your choices you will be able to choose from the most suitable plant species, confident in the knowledge that this choice of plants will be ideal for your garden or planting site. Many of our hedging shrubs are great for a range of planting conditions, however we also stock a fantastic choice of plants that are equipped for more individual requirements, such as dry soils, full shade or prickly intruder deterrent hedges.

If you decide you want are looking for something less specific, instead of using our best hedge plants for me tool, why not view the full Best4Hedging range of hedge plants.

Regal Privet Hedge

Regal Privet Hedge are hardy. Privets can be trimmed back as perfect hedges in all shapes and sizes. Privet plants prefer full sun to partial shade. This type plant prefers moist well-drained soil. The botanical name of privet plants is Ligustrum. Privet plants have a small white bloom in June through July. They can be trimmed and made into specific sizes, shapes, and designs. These shrubs are an unusual choice as they grow to become very thick and dense when fully mature. They look amazing and bring lots of bright and vivid color to lawns and garden areas. They remain green most of the year as in the winter months they may lose their tiny green leaves. They are covered in green leaves and are also great because they can be trimmed to be kept at desired heights for homeowners and gardeners. They also work great to provide borders for sidewalks, driveways and even other landscapes.

Regal Privet Hedge work great when used to the scene around a home, and several are planted.

They bring excellent curb appeal and also supply a neat and arranged look around dwellings. These shrubs are too high and can be decorated during the holidays with strings of tiny lights to brighten up the house. They are stable and can withstand harsh weather conditions. The regal privet hedge (scientific name Ligustrum obtusifolium)is a type of deciduous hedge used most often in yards as a decoration piece. The thick, hearty greenery can be trimmed into various shapes, supporting crisp, clean lines cut into it. Its incredible adaptability to virtually any environment, plus its ability to grow as high as 12 feet if allowed, make it a popular choice among topiary artists in urban and suburban settings. As mentioned before, regal pivots can thrive in most environments, but they prefer moist soil in full or partial sun the most.

If left unpruned, Regal Privet Hedges may even sprout white flowers.

California Privet Shrubs

California Privet bushes for hedges –

California Privet Shrubs are fast growing semi-evergreen shrubs that are commonly used for shrub hedges and privacy hedges. The oval shaped dark green leaves of the fast growing shrub California Privet provide a great backdrop for the small white flowers that appear in late spring to early summer. These blooms give way to tiny black fruit that is enjoyed by birds.

California Privet hedge spacing should be 4 to 5 feet apart.

Fertilizing Privet can be done in spring or early fall. Broadcast 3/4 of 15-5-15 or 15-5-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet of privet hedge. Prune your privet hedge in spring or immediately after flowering.

This fast growing semi-evergreen shrub creates a beautiful privacy hedge growing 10 to 15 feet tall. While common privet is invasive, California Privet and Japanese Privet are appropriate choices for hedges and as they can be easily controlled in a landscape or garden setting.

The fragrance emitted by the flowers of California Privet Ligustrum ovalifolium is considered to be somewhat unpleasant. Pruning at this time will prevent this situation. All parts of this plant is poisonous to humans. Deer, rabbit and drought resistant.

Hedge Plants

Finding the Right Hedge Plants

With over 100 hedge plant choices in a variety of sizes, best4hedging is proud to cater to every customer’s hedging needs at competitive prices and a quality that can’t be beaten.

This page is designed to help you choose the right hedge plant for your garden whether it’s evergreen hedging, Laurel hedging, pot-grown hedging or hedges with white flowers. We also have a variety of instant hedging available to buy online. Our available hedge plants are listed in order of popularity to make choosing the right one easier.

If you haven’t decided on the type of hedge plant you want or are unsure of what to look for, take a look at our ‘most popular hedging plants’. These species have been carefully chosen and perfect for an array of planting schemes and conditions. Alternatively, click on the ‘help me choose’ button on the right to narrow down your searches by soil type, growth rate, feature, position and more.

How to Plant Hedge Plants

If you’re unsure on how to correctly plant hedges, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide. Visit our Advice section.

Remember, when planting a hedge, ensure the ground is prepared, and the surrounding area has been weeded before digging a series of holes for your plants. Make sure the holes you’re digging are deep enough to hold the full root and twice the width. This will allow space for root development. Use a fork to loosen the soil to support drainage. Make sure the shrubs have space between them, and they receive a sufficient amount of water. Once planted, fill the hole back up and firm the soil around it to prevent air pockets.

More information on how to plant hedge plants can be found on our Advice page.

Garden Hedge Plants and Shrubs from best4hedging

best4hedging takes great pride in growing a range of classic and contemporary hedge plants. So, if you’re planning on planting a formal, neatly clipped hedge, native, wildlife-friendly hedgerow or a modern, more contrasting feature, we have the hedging plants for the job.

At best4hedging, we have a passion for garden shrubs and excellent customer service, so, we’re available to help you 7 days a week. Speak to one of our hedge plants experts for more information or advice. Call us on 01257 261 243.

Shrubs for Hedging

Shrubs can be distinguished from trees by their multi-stemmed growth, whereas trees normally grow from a single stem. Despite this seemingly clear division, there is actually quite a large grey area between the two, but in general, most people will be able to tell the difference between shrubs and trees. Shrubs have always been a popular choice when it comes to hedging. In the UK, native shrubs, such as hawthorn and sloe – also known as blackthorn – are especially popular. There is a wide variety of hedging shrubs available in garden centres and even online, ranging from deciduous to completely evergreen species and varieties. Some of these shrubs are native, but most of them originate from other parts of the world. However, this does not necessarily mean that they will not thrive in a British garden.

Shrubs can be a useful tool to create low hedges, such as barberry hedges or box hedges. However, several shrubs are able to grow tall enough to be a component of a large hedge, such as the tough and extremely versatile cherry laurel or the beautifully flowering rhododendron. Some shrubs lend themselves particularly well to a specific situation. Seaside gardens, for instance, are often a bit tricky for hedging due to salt sprays and the windy conditions that are quite common in such areas, but an oleaster hedge will not bow to such difficult circumstances. Similarly, gardens with heavy clay are prone to waterlogging, which is not beneficial to a majority of hedging plants. However, the Cornelian cherry, a type of dogwood, will perform very well in such soils.

Comparing Hedging Shrubs

In order to find the hedging shrub that best suits your garden, it is useful to compare a number of species and varieties. When comparing the various hedging plants that are available in online shops and in garden centres throughout the country, it is important to determine what you are looking for in advance. Evergreen hedging plants offer year-round screening, as they do not shed their leaves when autumn comes around. Deciduous hedging plants, on the other hand, tend to flower more profusely than evergreens and generally produce more berries than hedge plants that stay green throughout the winter months, or at least berries that are more useful to wildlife. We have to emphasize that this is a generalization, however, as it does depend a little on the specific hedging plant that you are considering.

Privet is a popular hedging shrub that is neither entirely deciduous nor evergreen – as a general rule, privet holds on to its green leaves during the cold months, with the exception of unusually harsh winters. Some hedging shrubs have thorny stems and provide protection from intruders, whether human or livestock. This is one of the reasons why the native shrub hawthorn is often planted in rural areas. Birds and small mammals will also be grateful when you choose to plant a prickly hedge in your garden, as they often build their nests among these thorny branches. This will protect their eggs from being attacked and taken by cats and other predators. Prickly shrubs that are a common sight in urban gardens include barberry, which can be both evergreen and deciduous, and holly. Both of these hedging shrubs make a lovely display.

Planting and Maintaining your Hedging Shrub

The best way to plant and maintain a hedging shrub really depends on the variety chosen. Similarly, the appearance of your hedge and the effect that pruning will have on its looks varies wildly. Generally, evergreen hedging shrubs are planted in order to create a neatly trimmed, dense screening hedge, whereas deciduous hedges are often used to grow a more informal hedge and is stimulated to grow the way it does naturally rather than cut into a neatly defined shape. This is not a strict rule however, as cherry laurel, for instance, is an evergreen hedging plant, but has a relatively informal appearance, due to its remarkable, glossy green leaves and its seasonal interest, as it produces white flowers during springtime and striking red berries in the autumn.

As for maintenance and soil types, different hedging shrubs have vastly different requirements as well. This is partly due to the fact that not every shrub has the same growth rate; slow-growing species generally demand less frequent pruning, as they tend to stay in shape longer than varieties with a faster growth rate. Because of that, slow-growing species are often, though not always preferred for more formal hedging. In addition, a slow growth rate is imperative if you are looking for a topiary specimen. Some informal shrubs do not need to be pruned at all, though it is generally recommended to at least trim your hedging shrub lightly. Flowering shrubs generally perform best if they are planted in a sunny position, as sunlight encourages flowering.

Wide Range of Hedging Shrubs

While trees used for hedging definitely have their merits, we can certainly understand why multi-stemmed shrubs are highly sought-after for hedging purposes. Shrubs definitely represent a wide and varied range of hedging plants, so you will certainly be able to find the perfect hedging shrub for your garden. As all hedging shrubs have their own planting and maintenance requirements, Hedgesonline.co.uk would like to offer you a wealth of information in order to help aspiring gardeners, as well as people who are well-versed when it comes to gardening to find the hedging shrub that will thrive in the conditions present in their gardens. Whether you prefer a neatly trimmed border hedge or a more informal shrub with a rustic character, you will find everything you need to know on our website.


Hedges can be used to create intrigue in the garden, for biodiversity, a wind break or noise filter, or simply just for aesthetic and design purposes.

Whether you consider the more uniform route is best for making your great outdoors greater or maybe, you simply prefer the planting a living photosynthetic softer approach between you and next doors; brought in instant or planted as youngsters, here are 10 hedge choices you may or not, have considered.

Hedge n 1 a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs

1. Berberis – Barberry

There are more reasons to dislike the Berberis than to love it. All of those reasons seem to be it’s quite compact and thorny nature Nothing a pair of welding gloves won’t solve I should add. But thorns aside, it is a beautiful plant that is great for nature and should you be looking for a spot to block off or stop traffic passing through then this is the plant you want. A genus of around 450 species, I can only be a little vague in my specifics. I’ve bad memories of this plant and my resulting shredded legs as a child and pierced hands in my early days of the horticultural trade.

  • Peter recommends: Berberis darwinii

2. Forsythia

Possibly better for the more informal type hedge, but I absolutely love this plant for its Spring time yellow flowers on bare stems. A little like the more vigorous Fuchsia’s, you can cut this shrub back to about half it height every year, which may appear a little harsh, but worth it in order to get flower growth covering the stems. After flower it goes to green leaf and shortly after that happens I tend to cut mine back. My recommended type grows to about 10′ fall. Fresh flowers on my kitchen table in Spring.

  • Peter recommends: Forsythia lynnwood Gold

3. Cypress – Lawson & Leyland

Chaemaecyparis lawsoniana and x Cupressocyparis Leylandii . I remember years ago asking a friend his thoughts on the Cypress as a hedge and whilst I find it really hard to say anything good about these fellows, his answer contained the words petrol and box of matches. The Lawson can grow to about 125′ tall – The Leyland can to about 120′ tall – unless you own acres hectares of land – it is recommended you don’t plant these. People like to tell me they’ll keep them controlled, they usually don’t.

  • Peter recommends – none

4. Laurel – Prunus and Laurus

Asking for laurel as a hedge is like asking for a vehicle. It is that vague. The more common or usually used however is most probably the Prunus laurocerasus which can grow up to 30′ tall; make the mistake if you wish and choose the Prunus lusitanica which grows up to 70′ tall – or the Prunus otto luyken if you like it a lot smaller. Personally, I prefer the Laurus nobilis which grows up to 40′ tall – but is very easdily controlled, produces a beautiful flower and berry and doubles up as a herb. I have about 20 of theses in my own back garden.

  • Peter recommends – Laurus nobilis

5. Bamboo – Fargesia and Phyllostachys

Knowing your plants, botanically, once again really does pay off. Take the simple example of the 2 bamboo types. The last Fargesia I planted will only ever grow to about 12′ tall – whereas the Phyllostachys aurea to about 30′ tall. Buy them in a little more mature and it is now growth per annum that is the only consideration one should have.

Either or I love the rustle, the more feminine flow and the less vigorous overall feel of the Fargesia. A little different as a hedge but, works extremely well for the less formal gardener.

  • Peter recommends – Fargesia nitida

6. Griselinia

Variegated or not, the evergreen Griselinia is without question the darling of the Irish hedge family. Although it did suffer a bad low temperature beating in the last seasons, it is pretty much indestructible. It’s glossy green foliage forms a beautiful back drop for any garden or divide, grows really well in the Irish climate and is a dream with which show off ones ability to cut hedges perfectly level. It can grow to around 24′ tall and get a little woody internally but that’s nothing a good hard cut back won’t solve. On a side note, I’m not overly keen on the variegated variety.

  • recommended variety: Griselinia littoralis

7. Ligustrum – Privot

Variegated or, gold or green, next to the Griselinia the Privot hedge was the Irish gardening must have of the late 1960’s and may never fully become dated. Works extremely well as a hedge as the internodal distance is quite short. Better than that, if it ever gets there, it does flower and produces a fruit. I’ve seen it grow up to about 12 foot tall and become quite woody beneath. A good hard cut back does this stalwart no harm.

  • recommended variety: Ligustrum ovalifolium aurea variegata

8. Fagus – Beech

A great hedge that for some estranged meaning and reason is labelled evergreen, which doesn’t really make sense when referring to copper beech. Humour aside , do consider that the same plant used for hedging has a bit of a split peronality and also thinks it will become a tree. In that context I tend to trim its centres with a lopping shears first and then a light trim with a petrol cutters. A haven for biodiversity, it’s nuts are edible and the new growth when it appears is just stunning. It can grow to about 75 foot tall. Best planted bare root or root balled.

  • Peter recommends – Fagus sylvatica

9. Crataegus – Hawthorn

Of the same family as the Rose , if you ever wanted to do something for the environment, I highly recommend planting some of these beauties. Thorned, flower producing, edible berries as a fruit and a real beauty when you think just what the Irish climate has thrown at it over the centuries. This fellow can also grow to become a tree about 24′ tall, is steeped in Irish mythology and is almost guaranteed to grow just about anywhere. I’ve about 20 or so of these in my garden.

  • Peter recommends: Crataegus monogyna

10. Buxus – Box

Low and slow growing, when the box hedge is trained and grown properly, it’s new growth is a beautiful and stunning lush dark green. Very reticent of the ye olde type gardens, surprising maybe it can grow to around 14′ tall which may come as a surprise for some to hear. Then again do considers it is of a genus of about 70 species – once again pick the right Buxus. Family members aside, it can get a little woody and one whilst one may get away with the ill pruning of other hedge types, errors here may not grow back within one season. I love it dearly. One should have no problems at all if managed correctly.

  • Peter recommends: buxus sempervirens

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Zone 7 Hedges: Tips On Growing Hedges In Zone 7 Landscapes

Hedges are not only practical property-line markers, but also can provide windbreaks or attractive screens to preserve your yard’s privacy. If you live in zone 7, you’ll want to take your time selecting from the many available hedge plants for zone 7. Read on for information and tips on choosing landscape hedges in zone 7.

Choosing Landscape Hedges

Here’s something you need to do before you start growing hedges in zone 7 or even selecting hedge plants for zone 7. You’ll need to invest some time with choosing landscape hedges and consider what it is exactly you want to use them for.

For example, do you want a single row of similar bushes to create a “green wall” effect? Perhaps you’re looking for a very tall, tight line of evergreens. Something airy that includes flowering shrubs? The type of hedge or privacy screen you decide to create goes a long way toward narrowing down your choices.

Popular Hedge Plants for Zone 7

If you want a hedge to block your yard from winds or to provide a year-round privacy curtain, you’ll want to look at evergreen hedge plants for zone 7. Deciduous plants lose their foliage in winter, which would defeat the purpose of growing hedges in zone 7.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to turn to the ubiquitous Leyland cypress, although they grow well and very quickly in zone 7 hedges. How about something different, like broad-leafed evergreen American holly? Or something bigger, like Thuja Green Giant or Juniper “Skyrocket”?

Or how about something with interesting shades of color? Blue Wonder spruce will give your hedge an elegant bluish tinge. Or try variegated privet, a rapidly growing hedge plant with white tones and a rounded shape.

For flowering hedges, look at yellow-blossomed border forsythia in zones 4 through 8, shrub dogwoods in zones 3 through 7, or summersweet in zones 4 through 9.

Maples make lovely deciduous hedges. If you want shrubs, try delicate Amur maple in zones 3 through 8 or for larger zone 7 hedges, look at hedge maple in zones 5 through 8.

Even taller yet, Dawn redwood is a deciduous giant that thrives in zones 5 through 8. Bald cypress is another tall deciduous tree to consider when you are growing hedges in zone 7. Or go with hawthorn, zones 4 through 7, or European hornbeam in zones 5 through 7.

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