The Growers Choice: Hedging for small gardens

The Growers Choice: Hedging for small gardens

In small gardens, most people favour a wall or fence, however, there are plants that can create privacy or a boundary without taking over too much room, here's just a few of our favourite hedging plants for small gardens below.

1. Taxus baccata is a dark, evergreen low growing hedging plant that creates a dense screen in a garden they can be clipped back to keep a low formal hedge and will grow in sun to partial shade.

Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball from November - March

🌸Flowers: April

🌞 Position: Full sun - partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 20 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

2. Ilex crenata - This evergreen hedging variety is a great alternative to Buxus hedging, resistant to box blight and not prone to leaf scorch when pruned. It can be kept as a small neat hedge and would make a great addition to a path or border.

🌸Flowers: May

🌞 Position: Full sun - partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 5 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

Available in 2L and 5L pots and other sizes subject to availability 

3. Lavender Hidcote – why not choose a lavender plant for a scented small hedge, Perfect for the edge of a path or small hedge at the front of a garden. This plant will also attract pollinators to your garden. Head to our pollinator-friendly plants guide for more bee loving plant varieties.

🌸Flowers: July - September

🌞 Position: Full sun

📏 Height: Up to 0.6 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

4. 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. (see our Buxus alternative blog post if you are concerned about box blight)

🌞 Position: Partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 5 metres

🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

5. Euonymus 'Jean Hughes' is a fantastic dense, compact shrub that can be used in borders and hedging, a great new alternative to Buxus.

🌸Flowers: July - September

🌞 Position:  Sun- Partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 1m

🌱 Soil: moist normal soil

6. Hebe 'Red Edge' - A small evergreen shrub that will make an attractive low hedging variety in full sun - partial shade.

🌞 Position: Full sun - Partial shade

📏 Height: Up to 045m

🌱 Soil: moist, well-drained slightly alkaline soil

For more advise on plants for certain locations, head to our solutions page here

Posted 11th Mar 4:34pm

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