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Hedging Features

13/12/2015
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Best4hedging Joins The RSPB

We are more than happy to announce our newly established relationship with the RSPB who are widely known for their high profile projects; maintaining nature reserves and campaigning to preserve wildlife in need. The charity is also keen to increase awareness of garden activities that give nature a home with their #HomesforNature campaign. Over 1 million members and 15 million annual web visitors a year make the RSPB the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe, and we’re delighted that they chose Best4hedging to join them in their mission for wildlife. Wildlife... Read More

14/10/2015
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Edible Hedging – Sea Buckthorn & Apple Pie

Sea buckthorn and Apple Pie Autumn means one thing to us at best4hedging – edible hedging! It’s almost time for a number of hedging plants to begin tantalising our taste buds and for us, the green fingered gardeners, to become nature’s very own Jamie Oliver. During October, we see a number of berries bursting to be picked, mixed and cooked to create a concoction of delicious snacks. A Best4Hedging edible hedging favourite is sea buckthorn, a native plant that produces orange, soft, juicy berries rich in oils and vitamin C.... Read More

hummingbird hawkmoth 24/07/2015
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Mighty Moths – Why we should welcome the ugly duckling

It seems moths have a much undeserved bad reputation given that their large, fluffy wings can be a bit intimidating, especially flying directly at you when flicking the light on in a dark room. However, as with all insects, scary or not, they hold huge value in the biodiversity of your garden. As with many of Britain’s wildlife species, moths have suffered a decline in recent years with numbers falling by 40% in the last 40 years in southern Britain. However, it’s not all bad news as along with the... Read More

Herb ice cubes 17/07/2015
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More summer BBQ recipes from the garden

If you tried any of our other BBQ recipes from the garden, then you’ll be keen to try some more. And, even if you haven’t, these are great to save for when you want to impress the neighbours with both your gardening and cooking skills. Main dishes Rosemary vegetable garden kebabs Ingredients: 8 large sprigs of Rosemary 2 small courgettes (approx. 230g) 24 cherry tomatoes 2 large slices crusty bread (approx. 50g) 2 tbsp olive oil salt & pepper to taste Preparation: – Remove the leaves from the bottom of... Read More

Walking on grass 06/07/2015

Creating a sensory garden

Being able to look and admire at all the colours and textures in a garden is just one way to enjoy what it has to offer but we want to help you create a garden that appeals to all the senses. By planting a combination of hedges and shrubs that offer elements to awaken the 5 senses, you can create a garden that not only provides a new experience with each plant you come across but is also a relaxing, tranquil escape from everyday life. Sound Planting a variety of... Read More

Rosemary lamb chops 29/06/2015
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Summer BBQ recipes from the garden

Ahead of the hot weather forecast for this week, we thought you could use some new kitchen garden recipes to test on the BBQ. Using herbs straight from the garden allows you to inject fresh flavour into your steaks and kebabs and enjoy the fruits (well, herbs) of your labour. Get grilling with one of these tasty dishes: Main dishes Fruity Pork Kitchen Garden Kebabs A sweet and spicy twist on traditional kebabs for the BBQ. Ingredients: 250g pork (fillet) – chop into small cubes 1 red onion – cut into chunks 12 green... Read More

Osmanthus Burkwoodii Hedging 18/05/2015

Flowering hedging

Planting a flowering hedge is one of the easiest ways to add colour to your garden and create an ornamental feature among your evergreens and, with a huge range of different species to choose from, there’s something to suit every colour scheme. Here’s our favourite hedge plants that offer an abundance of impressive, bright blossoms: For white flowers, Osmanthus Burkwoodii is a fantastic evergreen with fragrant blooms against a dark foliage. Similarly, Choisya ternata displays small, star-shaped, white flowers that also release a sweet aroma. If you’re looking to create... Read More

Alder hedge 13/05/2015

Hurried hedging – Top 7 fast growing hedge plants

Often our customers are looking for a tall hedge at a low cost. This is where fast growing hedge plants come in. They provide instant impact and are a great way to save money, as a fast growing species means you don’t need to buy plants at your final desired height initially; the fast growth rate allows you to buy smaller, more cost effective plants that will reach the height you require within one or two growing seasons. Here’s our pick of the best fast growing hedging species that will provide... Read More

topiary cones decorating doorway 06/03/2015
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Top 5 ways to use Topiary

The widespread use of topiary has exploded into artistic animals, contemporary cones and spirals, formal balls, and classic lollipops that can be used in a variety of different ways across domestic gardens, for large landscape projects and in splendid stately home gardens. Here’s our favourite 5 ways to make the most out of your topiary: Perfect punctuation Planting topiary standards or lollipops at intervals throughout a hedge is a great way to add height and structure to your borders. These topiary specimens can be formed using a variety of different... Read More

Evergreen hedge plants 21/02/2015

Evergreen hedging

Evergreen hedges are perfect for providing year-round colour, privacy and screening in any garden. The foliage of evergreen hedging plants is not always just green; often it can be variegated , flushed with different hues of green or coloured by other attractive shades such as greys, coppers and even reds. 1. Spotted Laurel (Aucuba Japonica Crotonifolia)  The large bright-green leaves of Aucuba Japonica Crotonifolia are variegated, splattered with golden yellow, making it a great feature hedge to illuminate a dark corner of your garden. 2. Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x Fraseri) Photinia Red Robin hedges display... Read More