Escallonia – A Winter Surprise

Everyone knows that Escallonia gets badly frostbitten. Every book says that Escallonia is a tender hedge plant. Every list of plants that “only grow in the south-west” (it used to be “in the Scillies”) contains Escallonia. Every article says it should only be used as coastal hedging. I even read a piece in a reputable gardening magazine that… Continue reading Escallonia – A Winter Surprise

Resting behind your Laurels

Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia is a name that just trips off the tongue, and it’s a shame more parents don’t name their children after it. It is one of the most popular evergreen hedging plants in Britain, and so it’s aptly named Common Laurel, or Cherry Laurel (being in the same genus as the other stone… Continue reading Resting behind your Laurels

What to do with sucking plants?

Some hedging plants and native trees produce suckers (new plants that grow up from the parent plant’s root system). Sometimes this is good – because you want a bushier plant. Rugosa roses make a bushier hedge, for example, because they sucker. Sometimes this is bad – because the sucker is the same as the rootstock, but… Continue reading What to do with sucking plants?

Dead and Dying Yew Hedges and Trees

Yew has a reputation for being indestructible, and given fair treatment, there are yew trees planted today that will still be alive when mankind is sailing around the solar systems* in fusion powered, garden filled hyper-barges At the same time, Taxus baccata is like any living organism and can die prematurely. Because it is so… Continue reading Dead and Dying Yew Hedges and Trees

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