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)
2. Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x Fraseri)
Photinia Red Robin hedges display glossy, crimson red, new foliage that matures to an attractive dark-green, glowing with hints of red. Planting Photinia x Fraseri in a sunny position will ensure the brightest red colour.
3. Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia)
4. Golden Privet (Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum)
5. Box (Buxus Sempervirens)
6. Holly (Ilex Aquifolium)
7. Euonymus Jean Hugues (Euonymus Japonicus Jean Hugues)
The compact evergreen foliage of Euonymus Jean Hugues is similar to that of Box hedging, but without the risk of box blight. Euonymus Japonicus Jean Hugues retains its glossy green colour throughout the winter, providing lasting seasonal interest.
8. Laurel Etna (Prunus laurocerasus Etna)
The large, mid-green foliage of Laurel Etna resembles that of Cherry Laurel, however the polished foliage of this hedging plant is highlighted with bronzed-orange tones when new growth appears, providing a lovely splash of colour.
9. Cotoneaster Franchetii (Franchets Cotoneaster)
Cotoneaster Franchetti displays small, oval leaves that have a misty grey-green colour. Although franchetii hedge plants generally stay fully evergreen all year, some foliage may become flushed with attractive autumnal shades before falling.
10. Purple Beech (Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea)
Even though Purple Beech is not technically an evergreen, the glossy foliage saturated with shades of purple and dark-green turns a warm copper colour in the winter and continues to decorate the hedge until new spring foliage emerges.
11. Oleaster Gilt Edge (Elaeagnus x Ebbingei Gilt Edge)
Evergreen hedges provide the ultimate living privacy screen; offering year-round coverage with lasting colour, acting as a noise barrier and often adding wildlife value as birds love to nest in the dense foliage.
When deciding on an evergreen hedging species to plant for privacy, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly is how long you are willing to wait for complete privacy; if the answer is not very long, you need to think about choosing a species with a fast growth rate such as Leylandii. You also need to take into account how much maintenance you are prepared to carry out in order to keep your living fence looking its best; our range of Cherry Laurel hedging only requires one trim a year. Unlike a normal fence, when establishing a living screen, your planting conditions can have an effect on which species will grow well in your garden, for example, Box hedging is drought tolerant once established, so if you struggle with poor, dry soils, this is the perfect option for you.
Before planting a screen it’s always a good idea to check with your local council about the planning regulations related to hedge planting. You can also find a huge amount of information about garden hedges and high hedge disputes here.
Our most popular hedges for privacy and screening shrubs include; Privet and Lonicera nitida for neat, attractive foliage; Red Pyracantha and Holly for huge wildlife benefits; Oleaster Limelight and Photinia Red Robin for bright, colourful leaves and Golden Barberry and Viburnum Tinus for decorative flowers.
Whichever evergreen species you choose, you’ll be rewarded with a hedge that has all the benefits of a garden fence or wall, whilst providing an impressive canvas for your other plants. View our full range of screening plants to find the right hedge for you, and take a step closer to being able to enjoy the peace, quiet and privacy of your garden.
Evergreen hedging offers a huge range of benefits in a garden as the foliage lasts all year long so, unlike deciduous hedges, evergreen plants maintain their ability to provide privacy screening, windbreaks, and attractive aesthetics, even during the winter when a deciduous hedge would lose these characteristics along with its foliage.