Hedging Species


The Complete Lavender Hedging and Shrub Guide

Lavender is a popular hedging plant renowned for its aromatic fragrance, striking flowers and not forgetting the diverse range of uses in the kitchen and the health benefits that also add to the attractiveness of this stunning shrub. Lavender makes a fantastic addition to any space; whether it’s a kitchen garden, herb border, patio container or cottage garden, this wonderful plant will add a burst of colour and fragrance that will be difficult to beat. Here’s our complete guide to Lavender with planting guides, reasons to plants, the benefits of Lavender and... Read More

Established Box hedge 09/05/2019

10 reasons to choose Box hedging

Buxus sempervirens, more commonly known as Box hedging, is one of Best4hedging’s top 5 bestselling species, and it’s easy to see why. The huge range of features that Box hedging offers makes it a great choice for a variety of different uses, with Box being most popularly used for formal hedging, low borders, parterres, knot gardens and path edging – and, not forgetting its frequent use as topiary. If all that isn’t enough to make you see why Buxus is a fantastic hedging choice, we’ve got 10 more reasons to help change... Read More


Hot Holly!

English Holly hedge plants have an abundance of showy red berries that adorn the glossy green foliage in the autumn/winter, following the small spring flowers. Although Ilex aquifolium needs to be pollinated for berries to occur, this normally happens naturally in a hedging situation. Holly hedging is of great interest to wildlife, offering berries for birds to feed on and dense, evergreen foliage for year-round shelter. Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ is another variety of Holly hedging, similar to Ilex aquifolium, but with a few added benefits. Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ is hardier... Read More


Yew – The King of Hedges

The famous Yew (Taxus) has held the RHS Award of Garden Merit for 20 years and has long been known as the King of Hedges. A fitting name for a hedging species that was recently planted to offer an effective privacy screen to none other than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are known for being concerned about their privacy and eager to shield their young children from the public eye. You may have seen in recent publications that gardeners and construction workers have begun planting an 820ft-long wall of Yew... Read More


10 reasons to choose Western Red Cedar

One of best4hedging’s top ten best-selling species, Western Red Cedar, also known as Thuja plicata, is a popular conifer hedge plant which displays incredible shades of mid to dark green. This fantastic species has an abundance of uses in a garden and is a popular alternative to the famous Leylandii. Here are our 10 reasons to choose Western Red Cedar: It has a dense, bushy habit which can be utilised for an effective privacy screen, windbreak & noise reducing feature. Its evergreen foliage means its attractive colour will be present... Read More


10 Reasons to choose Hornbeam hedging

Hornbeam is a native species favoured for its attractive foliage and ability to withstand an abundance of hindering planting sites. Also known by its Latin name Carpinus betulus, this popular hedging plant is often mistaken for Beech (fagus sylvatica) as they have a similar appearance but can be distinguished by its leaves which have deeper veins. We’ve compiled a list of ten reasons to choose this fantastic hedge plant.   It’s benefits and multitude of uses have been acknowledged by the Royal Horticultural Society and has been awarded their esteemed Award... Read More


10 reasons to choose Griselinia littoralis

Griselinia Littoralis is a Best4hedging favourite and is one of our top 10 selling species. Famous for its large ovate leaves, hence its alternative name New Zealand Broadleaf, which display beautiful light shades of apple green. Not only utilised for its calming colour that has the ability to bring a relaxing ambience to a garden, it holds a number of benefits that validates its popularity in thousands of gardens and garden designs. Its popularity in gardens across the country has been noticed by The Royal Horticultural Society. As a result,... Read More


10 reasons to choose Pyracantha

Pyracantha hedging, also known as ‘Firethorn’ – The Greek name for ‘pyr’ being fire and ‘akanthos’ meaning thorn, is a genus of thorny evergreen shrubs in the family Rosaceae and is one of our most popular hedges with berries. I’m sure you can guess that with a name like that, it’s an exciting addition to any garden design as it’s can bring a garden to life with its fiery colours. Want to find out more? Here’s our ten reasons to choose Pyracantha: Its spiky nature makes it the perfect intruder barrier as its branches... Read More


10 reasons to choose Portuguese Laurel hedging

The contrasting stem and leaf colour of Portuguese Laurel creates an impressive visual effect and its ability to thrive in difficult conditions makes it a preferred alternative than the popular Cherry Laurel. As a member of the Prunus genus, the benefits of attaining a Portuguese Laurel hedge are plentiful. Our top 10 reasons to plant a Portuguese Laurel hedge – 1.    Portuguese Laurel has received the reputable Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. 2.    The polished, dark green leaves sit on the end of vivid maroon stems.... Read More


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