‘The Ultimate Guide to Looking After Hedgehogs’ Clive Harris tells us how

Here at best4hedging, one of our passions is wildlife and we pride ourselves on providing wildlife friendly hedging and advice on what you can do in your gardens to help our furry friends. We follow a lot of Charites and organisations on social media and we constantly see the work they are doing to help. But it isn’t just organisations that are doing their bit, the response from the general public recently on the need to help hedgehogs has been astounding. Many people are turning their gardens and sheds into... 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


Why Plant Deciduous Plants in Autumn

Autumn is nature’s planting time and if you’re considering planting a deciduous tree or shrub in your garden, then NOW is the best time to get them in the ground. It might be too cold for us to leave the house without a hat and scarf, but for deciduous plants the temperature is perfect. It allows for healthy roots & efficient establishment. Deciduous plants planted in autumn have the best chance of fully establishing as they will develop new and healthy roots this time of year. Roots grow best in... 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

Beech circle 20/01/2016

How does hardiness affect my choice of plant?

Over the weekend, we experienced a sudden change of weather as many of us here at Best4heding looked outside our windows and saw the long awaited snow that has people either jumping for joy, or hiding from the harsh weather. As the snowflakes fall and frost sets on the foliage of trees, the scenic landscapes begin to resemble a winter wonderland. With that being said, the cold conditions do make a number of gardeners panic as their attention turns to the survival of their plants and their ability to cope... Read More


Top foods for brilliant bird banquets this winter

Harsh winter weather takes a toll on all garden wildlife but with a little help, your feathered friends can flourish and survive to thrive in spring. Dawn and dusk are key feeding times, so here’s our top tips on delicious delights to tempt the birds to your table this winter. Whether you buy special food, make your own or use scraps, it’s easy for everyone to get involved in encouraging local bird populations, and doesn’t have to cost you a penny: Fat Balls: Popular with many different types of birds,... Read More


Why are some plants only available during winter?

At Best4hedging we have a great variety of hedging plants in a choice of sizes and root types. Pot grown and cell grown hedge plants are available year round, whereas bare root and root ball hedge plants are only available from November to April depending on the weather. The bare root season can be extended until mid/late May for some hedging species through the use of cold storage. Bare root and root ball plants are grown in a field and can only be lifted when they are dormant, as this process... Read More

cloches 15/02/2015

Top tips for sowing your vegetables undercover in winter

It’s easy to think that cold winter weather and harsh frosts can stop you from working in your garden, however now is a great time to not only plant bare root plants and hedges, but also get stuck into your vegetable plot.You don’t need to abandon your plot in winter as there are plenty of vegetables that can survive the colder months, and with the help of a few plant protectors and handy hints, sowing vegetables now can be easy and often you’ll find that winter planting allows your veg... Read More

Bodnant house 23/01/2015

Winter Inspiration: Get a warm outlook for your garden with The National Trust

You might not think winter is the season to meander through a stately home garden, but it’s the perfect time to get some evergreen inspiration. You’ll get hints and tips from their expert horticultural hands about just what grows and thrives through the current harsh conditions. You’ll be warmed by the abundance of winter colour from plants that can fight the frost and flourish. And you’ll also get to admire some of the most spectacular seasonal scenery that’s right on your doorstep. Here are some of our favourite National Trust... Read More