Why plant a Hedgeplants.com hedge?

As a gardener, you know the value of a well-maintained hedge. Hedges provide natural screening, they define garden spaces and areas, they protect vulnerable garden plants and they can even form distinctive features in a grand – or not so grand design.

When you’re planning a hedge, there are many factors that can be taken into account:

  • Hedges are the most natural form of garden boundary and have been used for centuries to keep out intruders or animals and to create shelter and privacy
  • Hedges are a key part of the garden landscape, acting as a living, green backdrop to colourful borders and lawns
  • A hedge can last longer than a fence and just as long as a wall – and are usually less expensive than either
  • Hedges provide shelter for plants, and people, from the wind
  • A hedge attracts insects, birds and butterflies and helps to build biodiversity in your garden
  • Hedges that produce berries are a great source of food and shelter for garden birds.
  • A hedge helps absorb noise and dust.
  • Planting a hedge is a great idea if you want to hide an unattractive feature such as rubbish bins, washing lines, compost heaps or ugly buildings
  • If you are exposed to a sea wind, use Holm Oak (Quercus Ilex), Eleagnus Ebbingei, Euonymus Japonica
  • In inland areas, Holly (Ilex aquifolium), Yew (Taxus baccata), Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) , Osmanthus , Western Red Cedar (Thuya plicata) and Laurels (Prunus spp.) all make good evergreen hedges, while Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Beech (Fagus sylvatica) make excellent deciduous alternatives

As seen on ITV’s Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh