Tall or small hedging plants?
There's no right or wrong answer to whether you should buy tall hedging plants or smaller ones - it all depends on what you are seeking to achieve, but these are the factors to consider in your decision. We're happy to give advice on hedging plants that's specific to your situation - either by phone on 01257 261243 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tall hedging plants obviously provide you with more of an immediate impact but they are a bit harder to get established and they are very much more expensive. In some hedging species, the extra height doesn't cost that much more (twice the price for twice the height) but in slow growing species, which have to be re-potted to grow them up to tall plants, then the cost increases disproportionately. With all of our hedging plants, we try to be really fair with the pricing so you can be certain that if something costs £25 and something smaller costs £10, you are actually getting a substantially bigger hedging plant for your money.
- You can overcome any establishment concerns with taller hedging plants by planting at the right time of year (some tall plants are only available in autumn/winter/early spring for this reason), keeping them well watered and planting with Rootgrow which helps newly planted hedges get their roots going quickly and develop a fibrous root system through which they find both moisture and nutrients.
- You should take into account the growth rate of the hedging species. If something is fast growing like Leylandii or Cherry Laurel, then we often recommend that customers buy fairly small plants - they'll still form a good hedge in a couple of years. On the other hand, if something is slow growing like Yew or Box, then you might want to go for a plant that is almost the finished height you want (or be quite patient!)
- If it's very important to you to get really good density at ground level (for formal hedges or to keep children or pets in) then you need to start with smaller plants planted quite close together so that there are minimal gaps - ideally in a double staggered row (you could also use plastic or wire fencing between the rows to make new hedging absolutely escape proof which will soon be covered with foliage)
- And the final factor is how quickly you want the impact. Only tall hedging plants will give you that "crikey, they've got a beautiful new hedge" impact amongst the neighbours. If you are selling a house, have just bought a house, need to disguise something the neighbours have just built, just don't want to wait, then we have a wonderful range of tall plants which will give you virtually instant hedging. Have a look at the root ball section if you are planting in winter or for spring/summer planting, then Griselinia, Privet, Cherry Laurel, Western Red Cedar, Leylandii and Golden Leylandii are really good options where tall plants are available all year round at good prices