Our pick of the best edible hedging for hedgehogs and other wildlife
You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy food to invite wildlife into your garden. Planting edible hedging not only offers delicious treats for you, but it is also a way of enticing birds, insects and hedgehogs. So, if you’re willing to share your wealth of berries, you’ll most definitely be rewarded with a wonderful wildlife show throughout the year. There are many varieties of edible hedging; learn how to pick the best kind…
Hawthorn Hedge Plants
The density of Hawthorn Hedge Plants makes them ideal nesting spots for hedgehogs, other small mammals, the common toad, and many birds. By autumn the flowers turn into juicy red berries, which are much loved among birds such as blackbirds and thrushes. The diversity of the hedge adds a perfect touch to the garden, providing privacy, welcoming wildlife and giving you a basket full of berries for baking.
Known for their fragrant flowers and small, black elderberries, Elder Hedging offers nutrients for lots of wildlife. Small mammals such as dormice and bank voles enjoy eating both the berries and the flowers, whilst the flowers provide nectar for a variety of insects and the berries are a key food source for birds.
Wild Cherry Hedging Shrubs
The ornamental native Wild Cherry Hedging Shrubs offer many benefits to your garden, providing luscious colours and a haven for wildlife. The beautiful white flowers in early spring are followed by red cherries, which, despite being bitter in taste, are popular among birds.
Sea Buckthorn Hedges
With their bright orange berries, Sea Buckthorn Hedges are an important winter food source for birds, and the narrow silvery leaves attract moths. You can make the most of the berries yourself too by mixing up a fruit juice drink or wine, or cooking a jam for cakes and pies.
Crab Apple Hedging
Bursting with pink flushed flowers in late spring and sour fruits in autumn, Crab Apple Hedging suits many purposes in the garden. The plant works well as a hedgerow tree, allowing birds to nest in its branches. With its sweet scented flowers, many insects such as bumblebees are attracted to the hedging too, and over 90 insect species have been known to find a home in the native crab apple. The fruit is eaten by many birds and small mammals, and offers a tasty treat in jams and served roasted alongside meat.
Discover more great hedges for both you and wildlife, and grab some other handy tips from our Twitter page @Best4hedging. Don’t forget to enter our #HedgesForHogs competition on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning a wildlife-friendly hedging bundle for your very own garden.