Whether it’s for security, privacy or to enhance a formal garden design, hedges are a truly versatile way of achieving so much more in your garden. Hedges needn’t be hundreds of yards long either, a small 6 feet long privacy screen of evergreen privet, for example, can help divide a garden where needed without using rigid fence panels or walls, and at a fraction of the cost.
We offer a wide range of bare root hedging plants that will meet every need, from the thorniest security to the most dramatic autumn displays of colour. We have even put together some ready-made collections in larger quantities to take the hassle out of choosing all the mixed varieties you might need.
Winter is the time to get bare root hedging planted out, the plants are dormant and won’t resent being moved and are much easier to handle as leaves or buds won’t be damaged. Having said that, the more thorny varieties such as Blackthorn or Dog Rose are just as prickly in winter as they are in mid-summer so thick gloves are definitely advised when handling!
With each of our bare root hedging plants, we have a recommended planting distance; obviously larger plants such as Cherry Laurel can be spaced out more generously as they will grow quite quickly and tend to have larger branches or trunks. Smaller, more formal hedges are better planted in a higher density, so if, for example you were planting a formal box hedge, then spacing them only 8 inches apart will create a thick hedge that will look much better with repeated clipping. Another point to consider is how deep the hedge needs to be, a common practice is to stagger plants in two rows. This will achieve a far more dense hedge and is particularly useful when planting security hedges and formal hedges for topiary.
Once the quantity has been calculated and ordered, the next stage would be to prepare the ground or lines where the hedge is to be planted, clearing the ground completely of competing weeds is always essential and digging it over whilst incorporating plenty of rich organic matter will give the hedge the best possible start and will also help the ground retain moisture without becoming waterlogged. Time is of the essence once you receive the plants, they have been lifted already and need to be replanted as soon as possible to prevent the roots dying out or becoming damaged by frost. If it is not possible to plant them all out in position straight away then the best thing will be to “heel in” the roots by putting the bundles into holes, back filling and firming in with your heel, just to ensure they remain moist.
When planting, it is sometimes easier to dig a trench along the line, of the required depth and place the bare roots in position before backfilling, this is usually more common when a dense planting pattern is being used as it is faster and easier than digging individual holes. Once planted out, a mulch layer is always a good idea to help keep in vital moisture as the plants start to grow again in spring.
Check the hedge periodically, support with wires if needed and keep the base well weeded, in time your desired hedge will fill out and grow to meet its intended purpose. Water a new hedge regularly as it will be vital to getting it established quickly, use of an irrigation hose where possible will cut out a lot of extra work. Local wildlife will appreciate whatever type you have as it will offer protection and shelter, should you choose a fruiting hedge then you will enjoy a harvest for making jam or desserts and the blooms of a rose hedge will always bring colour and scent to your boundary, as well as offering a thorny barrier.
The plants you order will either arrive as bundles of bare root plants (during winter/early spring) or in larger pots up to 3.6 litres. With each of the bare root plant bundles we sell, we give you a recommended planting distance between each plant. This is a guide to give you an idea of how many plants you will need for your hedge and is only approximate, depending on the a few factors:-