Coniferous plants, although commonly grown as trees, make exceptional evergreen hedges. Hedging conifers take well to pruning and create dense canopies ideal for using as privacy screens or property boundaries.
Reasons to plant hedging conifers
Hedging conifers make up some of our most popular hedging plants and rightfully so. Conifer hedging provides year-round cover and instant privacy screening, whilst acting as a strong barrier to wind and noise. Most varieties of hedging conifers are fast growing so will achieve your desired hedge height quickly. It is also important to note that hedging conifers do not deserve their reputation for being garden bullies. As long as you prune your conifer hedge at least once to twice a year, it will not get out of hand.
The history of hedging conifers
- These cone-bearing seed plants gain their name from the Latin conus meaning cone and ferre meaning to bear i.e. 'one that bears cones'. Conifer comes from the division Pinophyta, also known as Coniferophyta or Coniferae.
- The conifer genus boasts the tallest, thickest and longest trees in the world with the oldest living specimen dating back 290 million years ago.
Cultural uses of hedging conifers
- Conifers are of ecological significance as they have the ability to adapt to their needs. Trees such as the northern conifer are shaped with downward drooping limbs which allow snow to fall off easily, relieving the branches of unnecessary weight.
- The wood of hedging conifers and trees has been used industriously for many years with indigenous peoples using it for building homes, boats and tools.
- Conifer hedging and trees can come in a range of foliage colour, from green, red, bronze, yellow or blue. They also produce a distinct smelling resin, (which smells nicer than it sounds!) that helps to protect against insects and fungi.
If you're having trouble deciding on the right conifer hedge for your garden, why not use our Best Hedging Plants For Me tool. Or, you can contact our experienced Sales and Service (01257 494 462) team who can advise you further on the different types of hedging conifers and their individual benefits.