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Suggestions for Garden Hedging Plants

Common Beech


This plants ability to hold onto its old leaves in the winter, one of the most common uses of beech is for formal hedging. Keeping the hedge cut below 3m (10ft) preserves this phenomenon and gives the hedge all year cover, green from May to November

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Fastigiate Cherry Laurel


distinct upright columnar form, which makes it an ideal hedging or screening plant due to its dense, erect, narrow growing habit. It only requites light pruning to make a 3.5m (12ft) screen which is only 1m (3ft ) wide.

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Hornbeam will grow well in full sun or shade. It will quite happily cope with damp or wet soils, and even with a certain amount of temporary waterlogging, making it a suitable alternative to Beech in such situations.

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Leyland Cypress

Usually referred to as just Leylandii, it is a fast-growing coniferous tree used primarily for hedges and screens. Even on relatively poor sites plants have been known to grow well.

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Snowy Mespil


A tree with year round interest that can be either single stem or multi-stem. A really good all rounder.

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A small tree with beautiful blossom, great autumn colour and edible berries. Ticks all the right boxes for a small garden. Wendy Downer

Silver Birch


This stand out tree has branches that are notable by the fact that the ends are pendulous. The bark is white often with black diamond shaped markings.

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I find it almost impossible to choose just one as they vary so much and different trees look good in different situations. But if I have to choose just one I would say Silver Birch is a stunning native tree. Simon Scarth - Director