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Top 5 Hedges to Plant in Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time to prepare the ground and plant a hedge. We have a range of hedging plants in store and online. Here’s a quick guide to our top 5 favourite plants and their best features:

  • Common laurel” (Cherry laurel): (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’) One of the best evergreens for a dense, vigorous, bushy hedge. White flowers (good for pollinating insects) in mid to late spring, followed by berries (which are poisonous). When grown as a hedge the flowers are usually trimmed anyway so the berries do not pose a problem. Tough and tolerant of shade, laurel has a fast growth rate of 30-60cm per year, and should be planted around 90cm apart (3ft).
  • Red Robin”: (Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’) – very popular evergreen grown for its attractive glossy foliage – in spring the new growth is flushed red, then gradually becomes green over the summer. Happy in sun or part shade in a well-drained, fertile soil. Height up to 4 metres (in 10-20 years) but usually grown to around 90-180cm (3-6ft) as a hedge. Grows around 30cm per year. Plant 50-60cm apart (18in to 2ft).
  • Firethorn” (Pyracantha): useful, tough evergreen with thorny stems - good as a dense barrier hedge. Grows well even in shady position. Creamy-white flowers in spring followed by brightly coloured berries throughout winter. Growth rate of around 50cm per year. Available in yellow, orange or red berry colours. Plant 50cm apart (21in)
  • Leylandii” or “Leyland Cypress”: (x Cuprocyparis leylandii). Very fast-growing (up to 1m -3ft in a year) tall conifer which needs to be trimmed before it reaches a height which is too tall to manage (ideally maintain at 1.8m: 6ft) Plant 60-75cm apart (2-2.5ft). A useful hedge to make a quick screen, if kept under control.
  • Privet” :(Ligustrum ovalifolium) a widely grown semi-evergreen (although usually keeps most of its leaves through winter, unless the weather is really cold) traditional hedging plant which looks neat when trimmed. Creamy-white flowers in mid-summer. Growth rate approximately 30cm per year. Plant 30-45cm (1ft-18in) apart.