Monthly Archives: January 2009

  • The Best Beech Hedge

    We were at a friend's house for lunch today and on the way in, walking though his garden, I admired his beech hedge. It is not an old beech hedge, maybe 5 years (although I need to check).  What struck me about it were two things: 1.  It was very...
  • Resting behind your Laurels

    Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia is one hell of a mouthful for one of the most common hedging plants in Britain.  Poor old cherry laurel.  Abroad it is known as the "English Laurel" for good reason - no one plants it as much as we do. That, of course, is because no one...
  • Hawthorn: Hedge Plant Portraits

    If you will pardon the french, Hawthorn is the dog's b*****ks of a hedge plant. Most of the hedges near us (be they hawthorn, beech, whatever) come from us - not surprisingly as Ashridge Trees sells over 2 million plants a year of which a large proportion end up in...
  • Ice Blue Lavender Plants, Dilly Dilly...

    I have never read in a gardening book anywhere that says a lavender hedge is a beautiful thing in winter.  Well, our was yesterday morning.  Like most of you, we had a cracker of a frost the night before last.  Combined with quite dense fog, it left a coating of...

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