Conifers are plants that bear cones and are recognised for their distinctive scale-like or needled foliage and conical form. They also produce scented resin and some, like Western Red Cedar, have citrusy-sweet scented foliage too. Conifers are prolific and are found all around the globe; they include some of the oldest and tallest trees on earth. They form a huge extended family but hedging conifers are usually of the Cedar, Cypress or Yew family of conifers.
Although commonly grown as trees, conifers make exceptional evergreen hedges. Conifers used for hedging are those that take well to pruning and shaping and have dense foliage, ideal for using as privacy screens or for property boundaries.
Hedging conifers make up some of our most popular hedging plants and rightfully so. Not only does conifer hedging provide year-round cover and instant privacy screening, it is an effective barrier against wind and noise. Conifer hedging also has the ability to absorb pollution and filter out air-borne toxins, in particular those from traffic fumes. Conifers can therefore be beneficial to health and wellbeing in areas with heavy traffic.
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.
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 261 243) team who can advise you further on the different types of hedging conifers and their individual benefits.