The Growers Choice: Hedging for shade

The Growers Choice: Hedging for shade

Some plants can survive with only a few hours of sun a day, whether that be early morning or late evening. Shade can be caused by a number of reasons from buildings, walls, trees and of course, the gardens natural position. Below we have put some together a list of hedging varieties that can tolerate shade from Taxus to Ilex.

1.Taxus Baccata 

A dark green evergreen hedging variety with needle-like leaves, ideal for your garden project's shaded location, this variety is commonly known as 'Yew'. It is a popular variety often used in stately homes grounds and private gardens. This hedging variety is easy to trim and can be used to create shapes for a statement feature or simply cut to create a clean line.

Red berries are seen come Autumn, which are loved by birds but harmful to humans, pets and livestock if eaten. This slow-growing variety prefers fertile, well-drained soil.

Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball from November - March (all sizes subject to availability)

🌸Flowers: April

🌞 Position: Full sun - partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 20 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

2. Ilex aquifolium 

A variety that is known for its spikey dark, glossy, green leaves which make it a great intruder proof hedging variety.  Commonly known as Holly, this plant has an abundance of red berries during autumn and winter attracting birds to feast.

Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball from November - March (all sizes subject to availability)

🌞 Position: Full sun - Full shade

📏 Height: Up to 12 metres +

🌱 Soil: normal, clay or chalk soils

3. Buxus sempervirens

Are a great low growing hedging plant that only requires clipping once or twice a year. Perfect for edging a path or border these hedging plants will only grow 10-20cm per year. Buxus is often used in a formal garden and is great shaped. Plant in partial shade for best results.

🌞 Position: Partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 5 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

Available in 1.5L, 2L,  3L, 5L, 10L +pot sizes  and as cones and balls  (all sizes subject to availability)

4. Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia

This plant is full of thick glossy green leaves with pale yellow splashes and is particularly popular in shady areas of the garden where little else will grow. A great plant to create a dense hedge.

🌞 Position:  Sun - Full shade

📏 Height: Up to 3 metres

🌱 Soil: Most soil types (except waterlogged or alkaline soils)

Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes (all sizes subject to availability)

5. Prunus Rotundifolia 

A vigorous, dense evergreen shrub suitable for almost all locations. Large, glossy green leaves make this a go-to plant above other Prunus varieties.  Its density makes it ideal for screening for privacy, and it is a great barrier to noise and wind. Commonly known as laurel, this hedging variety grows up to 60cm per year and is relatively happy in most soil conditions.

Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as rootball and bare-root plants from November - March (all sizes subject to availability)

🌸Flowers: April

🌞 Position: Full sun - full shade

📏 Height: Up to 5 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, moist soil, do not plant in shallow chalk

6. 3. Elaeagnus x ebbingei

A tough evergreen shrub with dark green leaves with a silver speckle and attractive silver underside. This robust evergreen variety is ideal for a shady, dry, windy seaside site.

Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pots. (all sizes subject to availability)

🌞 Position: Full sun - partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 4 metres

🌱 Soil: fertile, well-drained

Other plants to consider as shaded hedging varieties include: Berberis, Pyracantha and Leylandii.

Unsure how many you need to plant per m? check out our hedging guide here

Posted 12th Mar 10:20am

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