The best value way of creating a new hedge is to use bare rooted plants.
These are small plants that have been grown in a field. They are then dug up and delivered to us. We will put the roots into soil to keep them moist and healthy. At first glance the plants appear to be disappointing but there is no reason to be alarmed. What you are buying is a great hedging plant root system along with a growing stem with side shoots. This is ready for planting in the ground and growing on to become a large full flourishing hedge for many years to come.
The planting distance is very much a matter of choice. The planting densities can be increased or reduced depending on your requirements and patience. For example 3 plants per metre in a single row are adequate. 5 to 7 plants in double staggered rows make a denser hedge quicker.
These should be planted by digging a foot deep trench. Then add new Multi-Purpose Compost and Mycorrhizal Fungi to the trench. Next place your bare root hedging in the desired locations. Then fill the trench with soil so that the hedging is securely in place. If it is in a windy location set up some stakes at either end of the row with a wire between them. You can then secure the bare-rooted hedging plants to it. You should water the plants weekly for the first year. Drying out is a major cause of bare-root hedging not establishing.
There are some great examples of bare-root hedging plants available from October to March. These include:
- Acer Campestre (Field Maple) – A classic country cottage garden deciduous hedging plant. It is fast growing and responds well to hard pruning. It grows in chalk or heavy clay. Deep green leaves in Spring and Summer that turn a warm golden yellow in Autumn.
- Ligustrum Ovalifolium (Privet) – A semi-evergreen hedge with deep green leaves. The more sheltered the location, the more leaves will remain evergreen. It is suitable for creating formal hedges.
- Viburnum Opulus (Guelder Rose) – A hugely attractive deciduous hedging plant that is considered to be self-fertile and offers multiple features. In spring is develops large mid-green leaves. It has fragrant dense clusters of white flowers on lace-cap like flowers in Summer. In Autumn it has vibrant red berries and the foliage turns from green to a burgundy red.
- Fagus Sylvatica Purpureus (Copper Beech) – Also referred to as Purple Beech the deciduous hedging plant has purple and dark green leaves from Spring to Autumn which turn copper coloured over winter.
We also have available:
- Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus)
- Hazel (Corylus Avellana)
- Hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna)
- Sloe (Prunus Spinosa)
- Green Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)
- Yew (Taxus Baccata)