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Shrubs for Exposed Sites

When choosing your hedging plants it's important to think about where they will be planted and the weather conditions they will be subjected to. We have a wide variety of hedge plants well suited to exposed sites and gardens. Our hedging plants for exposed sites will withstand the elements brought about in un-sheltered areas.

The best hedge plants for exposed gardens have a hardy disposition and can tolerate strong winds and dry conditions. Wind is one of the most damaging weather conditions in Britain and hilltop gardens, raised gardens or gardens located in a wind tunnel (between hills) suffer the most. The best plants for exposed sites often make good windbreaks to provide shelter and counteract the exposure.

Often it is presumed that walls and fences will provide the best windbreaks in exposed gardens, however, they can sometimes make the situation worse as the wind travels over and around the flat, solid boundary, directing the wind in a different direction and concentrating it on one area, rather than reducing the overall impact.

Instead, hedging plants make good barriers for exposed sites, as the wind is filtered through the robust foliage and the force of the wind is significantly reduced. Hedges create a shelter for other vulnerable plants, allowing you to create a successful, thriving garden without the worry of weather damage.