Surlingham, Norfolk

‘Hedge’ your bets…

Gone are the times you go out and buy Leyland cypress trees (Cuprocyparis leylandii ) for your garden hedging. 
Although they are a very fast-growing evergreen tree which can offer privacy quickly, I personally feel that they are a little dated and symbolise the old way of gardening.

Also, dare I say it? They’re a bully of the garden playground!
These ‘thug’ like plants can run amok if not kept under control – their vigorous lateral rooting system soaks up all the moisture from the soil which results in other surrounding plants suffering.
So with the summer months approaching and for those gardeners who are considering a new hedge or replacing an existing boundary line, here are my top 5 safe hedge bets:

No 5: Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’)
Purple Beech also known as Copper Beech is a Deciduous plant with attractive glossy foliage in shades of deep purple and the darkest green. It will usually retains its leaves, which dry into a golden coppery state throughout the winter months and offers year round screening.

No 4: Red Robin (Photinia x fraseri)
Striking evergreen hedge. With fiery red glossy new growth it offers a marvellous display in spring and summer before the leaves mature and turn dark green.

No 3: Golden Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’)
This beautifully bright evergreen hedge has vibrant green foliage, edged and splashed with yellow. It produces creamy-white, summer flowers and glossy black autumn berries. This privet is also very popular with formal hedging, providing year-round colour and screening.

No 2: Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’)
This attractive dense evergreen shrub has large, glossy, bright green leaves, which makes an ideal hedge. They will grow vigorously and offer privacy quickly.
Cherry Laurel is by far the most popular fast growing Laurel hedges, but you could also consider other Laurel varieties; – Portuguese Laurel, Spotted Laurel, Compact Laurel, Laurel Etna, Laurel Caucasica and Bay Laurel

No 1: Yew (Taxus baccata)
My number 1 has to be the English Yew. Yew is one of the few native, evergreen hedging species and it looks luscious and green all year round. It offers dramatically dark-green dense foliage that is easily trimmed and shaped. It offers clean lines and works wonderfully as a privacy screen hedge or to reduce noise. It really is a show stopper!
Just remember though – Its toxic if eaten!

So move aside Leyland….There some new ‘Hedges’ in the running!