YoungWilders Hedgerow Project

No one likes a pedantic so-and-so who points out that planting country hedgerows, which are a feature exclusively of landscapes managed by mankind (mostly farmers) is by definition not a re-wilding project, it’s really a re-ruraling project. I, naturally, would never do that, any more than I would sulk over age precluding me from joining… Continue reading YoungWilders Hedgerow Project

Cutting Back Overgrown Elderflower in a Mixed Hedge

Elderflower, Sambucus nigra, inevitably finds its way into a country hedge sooner or later, and it’s far from unheard of to add it to the mix at planting time. It is suitable for growing as a hedge plant, and is desirable for its flowers and fruit that make elderflower cordial and elderberry syrup respectively. However,… Continue reading Cutting Back Overgrown Elderflower in a Mixed Hedge

The Best Plants for a Wildlife Hedge

A good hedge is an invaluable addition to any garden. From the outside it delineates and disguises boundaries, creating structure in a space. Up close (and there’s no better way to get a close-up view than by learning the ancient art of hedge laying) it reveals shady spots on the ground and well concealed areas… Continue reading The Best Plants for a Wildlife Hedge

Living sculpture Topiary

  The wonderfully surreal topiary garden at Beckley Park, Oxfordshire (image: Wikimedia Commons) Shrubs trained as topiary are at home in any garden. From a cottage setting where intriguing forms nestle casually between flowers and vegetables, to a much grander scheme where repetitive shapes are rigid and regimented, topiary can be both charming and formal.… Continue reading Living sculpture Topiary

Choosing and planting potted hedging

  Container-grown green beech and copper beech on our nursery – just perfect for instant hedging! Container-grown hedging plants are perfect for planting all year round. Generally speaking, hedging is put in the ground over winter, using young bareroot plants when they are dormant. However, some circumstances call for a more instant, mature hedge –… Continue reading Choosing and planting potted hedging

Freezing weather & bareroot plants

  When the ground is frozen, please don’t plant your bareroot trees, shrubs or hedges! They’ll be much happier staying bare and dormant… Most of the damage caused to bareroot plants in cold, freezing conditions is to the delicate roots themselves. The roots are fine, fibrous structures with a high water content: moving them, or… Continue reading Freezing weather & bareroot plants

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