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Hedging Species

11/02/2020
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All About Pleached Trees

What is pleached hedging? Aesthetically presenting a ‘hedge on stilts’, pleached hedging is the training and sculpting of trees to form a flat framework above a very clear stem. The branches are shaped and pruned to form a foliage shape that appears similar to the shape of a well-groomed hedge, adding huge impact within a garden. Pleached hedging is not a new concept in the gardening world, it dates back to the time of Julius Caesar, used as a defensive barrier against cavalry. In modern days these trees have a... Read More

19/11/2019
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Christmas Gift Guide

A best4hedging guide to choosing the right gifts this Christmas Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a new homer-owner, or filling the stocking of your green-fingered friends and family; we have created this guide full of great and unique Christmas gift ideas that last a life time… 1. Ornamental Trees Trees can help bring your garden or landscape to life. With prominent, colourful foliage during the colder autumn and winter months, you can make someone’s garden a talking point this winter season. The main features that ornamental plants... Read More

26/09/2019

10 reasons to plant a Mixed Native Hedge

Mixed native hedgerows hold so much value, not only within your own garden but also in the surrounding local area, so we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons why you should consider planting a mixed native hedge 1.As native hedges are species-rich, they provide a huge variety of resources for wildlife so you will be treated to a diversity of animals, insects and birds visiting your hedgerow. 2. Due to the assortment of species within a mixed native hedge, you will experience berries, seeds, flowers and colourful foliage throughout... Read More

20/09/2019

10 reasons to choose Privet hedging

Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants for a huge number of reasons, 10 of which you can find below. The dense foliage and seasonal interest make it a great wildlife friendly hedge and the hardy nature of Privet means it’s suited to a wide range of planting sites. Available in a selection of varieties and root types, there’s a Privet hedge to suit all gardens. Our top 10 reasons to plant a Privet hedge –  1. Privet is the ideal plant to create a traditional, classic looking hedge as its... Read More

13/08/2019

Cooking with Lavender

Whether it’s for BBQs, baking or basting, Lavender can be used to add a touch of quintessential summer to your dishes and as you can pick it fresh, straight from the garden, you don’t have to worry about the shelves being empty. Lavender Roasted Potatoes Add a hint of the Mediterranean to a classic Sunday dinner with these simple roast potatoes. Ingredients4 large potatoes1 ½ tbsp finely chopped, dried Lavender2 tbsp Olive OilSalt & Pepper Method Preheat the oven to 180C. Wash the potatoes then, leaving the skin on, cut... Read More

17/06/2019

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

15/12/2017

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

02/02/2017

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

13/09/2016

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