How to tidy an overgrown hedge and high hedge disputes

Tidying An Overgrown Hedge In any garden, a hedge whether tall or short, bushy or formal can be used to define property boundaries, screen unwanted views or noise, and provide an important framework for the layout and design of your other plants; however, without proper maintenance all of these structural values can be lost, especially if a hedge is left to become overgrown. If when planting a new hedge you choose the correct species for the size and type of hedge that you require, the issue of an overgrown hedge... 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

pruning an evergreen hedge 01/05/2016

May Gardening Advice

Whilst the weather in May can be very unpredictable; varying between a heatwave one week, late frosts the next and a downpour the week after, your garden still needs plenty of attention, especially if you’re hoping for the weather to stay nice long enough to get the BBQ out. So, here’s our top gardening jobs for May to keep you busy when the weather allows: Planting and pruning Look out for reverted green shoots on your evergreens and remove them to avoid reversion taking over. Give your evergreen hedging a... Read More

Pruning shears 26/06/2015

What kind of gardener is your dad?

Father’s Day may have been and gone but there’s still plenty of time to celebrate the most important man in your life. For gardening dads everywhere there’s an exciting summer ahead for harvesting crops and adding the final touches to a beautiful outdoor space – so long as the weather holds out for us! Not everyone tends to their garden in the same way though; whether he’s always pruning the hedges to perfection or you won’t find him without a watering can, we ask what kind of gardener is your... Read More

gardening tools 22/03/2015

Spring cleaning your garden tools

We know that spring cleaning is not exactly the part of spring that you look forward to, but giving your gardening tools some TLC is essential if you want to keep them in good working order as you begin to spend more and more time in the garden now that the days are getting longer. Taking some time to clean, sharpen and oil your tools will make your summer planting that little bit easier and prevent the spread of disease amongst your plants. And, as gardening tools are not exactly... Read More

Pruning topiary 11/03/2015

How to care for your topiary in 3 easy steps

Topiary trees come in a variety of different species and shapes, and look wonderful decorating both traditional gardens and gardens with a more modern twist. Whether you’re using topiary standards as a feature either side of a door way; adding texture and shape to a border with Box balls; punctuating hedges with a topiary lollipop or giving your balcony or patio some added aesthetic value, topiary is the perfect choice all round, and by following these 3 simple steps, your topiary will be healthy and handsome all year: Replanting your topiary... Read More

Espalier tree 26/02/2015

The difference between Pleaching and Espalier

Both pleaching and espalier are inventive methods of tree shaping, which is defined as the art of pruning and sculpting living trees and plants to create attractive architectural structures and art forms. These two creative horticultural practices have been around for several hundred years, used throughout history for different purposes and are still widely used today in show gardens, domestic gardens, formal gardens and in commercial and industrial landscaping. However, pleaching and espalier are two very different techniques and involve distinctive processes to achieve the final design. This blog is here... Read More