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  • Why Should I Plant a Native Hedge?

    May 26, 2021 | Information

    We know that there are so many options when it comes to choosing a hedge... So, here’s some useful information about native hedging and why it is such a lovely option for your garden!

    What is native hedging?

    Native hedging is hedging that has grown and developed in the United Kingdom for thousands of years! This means that they are very acclimatised to our Great British Weather and to the soils in our gardens.

    Why should I plant a native hedge?

    Native hedging plants have acclimatised to the environment in our gardens, and so, they are very well equipped to deal with the changing weather and to continue to grow and flourish in our gardens for many years to come.

    Native hedges are also a great support and shelter for garden wildlife! Species such as Yew have evergreen foliage and Hawthorn thorny branches, which will provide a protected habitat for hedgehogs and birds to keep safe and warm.

    Some native hedging species provide food for wildlife all year round! In the spring, species such as blackthorn and crab apple have lovely little flowers which produce rich nectar for the bees and butterflies. Moving into the autumn these species produced juicy berries for the birds to feast.

    If you are going for a natural and quintessentially British look, native hedging is the way to go. You may recognise these species from our countryside and more rural gardens.

    Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna hedging)

    Which native hedge species should I choose?

    Native hedging has so many different styles and colours! Take a look at the native hedging plant styles below to help find your perfect hedge.

    Gorgeous Greens

    Field Maple

    Field Maple is fast growing and has stunning green and red leaves that turn a lovely yellow in the autumn. Before the leaves fall off in the colder month, you are treated to small yellow and green flowers in the spring. 

    Hornbeam

    Hornbeams foliage is mid-green with deep veins and turns copper in autumn. The leaves hang on to bare branches throughout the winter providing some year-round cover. 

    Hazel (corylus avellana)

    The green leaves turn a lovely shade of yellow and orange in the autumn before falling off when the season changes. Corylus avellana produces edible nuts that are popular with wildlife.

    Flowers and Fragrance

    Balckthorn (prunus spinosa)

    Prunus spinosa has lovely small white flowers that are carried on black stems. In the summer the leaves turn a lovely dark green and produce sloe berries for the winter!

    Crab Apple (malus sylvestris)

    Crab Apple will bring your garden to life with its many gorgeous features! Including stunning pink buds and white blossom flushed with a tone of pink that is sought after by bees and not to mention it's famous Crab Apples!

    English Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)

    English Lavender is your quintessential lavender hedging plant! It was the basis of the England's lavender oil industry in the 1700's and to this day has a very recognisable smell which makes it a traditional English cottage garden favourite.

    Texture and Interest

    Alder (alnus glutinosa)

    Alder (Alnus glutinosa) has long narrow male catkins in spring, tiny female woody cones which release seed in autumn. Alder is a hit with wildlife, especially caterpillars, butterflies and moths and it is also bird friendly. 

    Holly - English

    Holly (Ilex aquifolium) has many features that makes this hedging plant a classic and timeless. Holly leaves stay glossy and green all year round with it being evergreen and the classic red berries are a real treat for birds.

    Yew - English

    English Yew (Taxus baccata) is a classic British conifer hedge plant that created an attractive screen that looks striking when trimmed into formal shapes or organic curves. The birds will love it too, as Yew produces juicy red berries in autumn.

    Not quite what you were looking for? Take a look at our full collection of native hedging here.

    Have you planted some native hedging in your garden? We would love to see it! Make sure to tag us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram.

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