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.

Evergreen hedge plants

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.

Spotted laurel leaf

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.

photinia red robin foliage

3. Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia)

The large, glossy green leaves of Cherry Laurel are easily recognised, as this is one of our most popular hedging plants. The dense foliage creates an attractive, polished hedging screen.

cherry laurel leaf

4. Golden Privet (Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum)

Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum offers bold variegated foliage, with a green base margined and splashed with yellow.

golden privet hedge

5. Box (Buxus Sempervirens)

The small, glossy leaves of Buxus hedging display an attractive emerald green colour year-round, offering interest in every season.

box foliage

6. Holly (Ilex Aquifolium)

The well-known, prickly foliage of Holly showcases a glossy dark-green colour year round and is complimented by vibrant red berries in autumn and winter.

Ilex aquifolium foliage

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.

euonymus jean hugues hedge plants

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.

laurel etna leaf

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.

cotoneaster franchetti

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.

purple beech hedge

11. Oleaster Gilt Edge (Elaeagnus x Ebbingei Gilt Edge)

Oleaster Gilt edge displays showy leaves with a green centre surrounded by irregular sunshine-yellow margins, creating an intense feature hedge year-round.

oleaster gilt edge hedge plants

If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else relating to your garden, please tweet me @best4hedging and I’ll be happy to help.

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