Hedging plants are the unsung heroes or heroines of the garden. If you believe they’re just for enclosing boundaries from your neighbours, then think again!
Hedging is a fantastic way of achieving all sorts of different effects especially if you choose the right type of plant for the effect you want to create. They can be planted year-round and, if you buy between November and March, you can buy them bare rooted, without soil or containers, which works out much cheaper than those sold in containers.
Here are a few suggestions of what can be done to help totally revamp your garden along with 10 plant choices:
Hedging plants make great room dividers allowing you to create different planting styles in other parts of the garden and for you and your guests to ‘discover’ other areas hidden from view.
Short hedging plants can be used to frame flower borders turning them into living pictures.
Some types of hedging are really easy to play around with cutting shapes into. Discover your creative side and have a go at cutting animal shapes or undulating waves into the plants.
Beech and hornbeam plants change leaf colour from green to a gorgeous shade of gold, orange, bronze and sometimes deep purple in the autumn. These coloured leaves stay on the plants until spring when suddenly all the old leaves drop revealing new bright green leaves. By choosing either of these types for your hedging you give yourself a 6 monthly colour change without having to do anything other than cut them twice a year.
All living hedges are better for wildlife than fencing as they create habitats for creatures to live, hide, hibernate, and feed from. Hedging companies sell mixed native hedging for maximum wildlife benefit. These are generally all deciduous with a mix of lovely spring blossom, autumn leaf colour and coloured berries.
Therefore, if helping wildlife is one of your main aims, mixed native hedging is the one for you. Here are 5 choices of trees that can be grown successfully either on their own or mixed as hedging: