Elspeth Thompson's Edible Hedge Plants

General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Type Hedging
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Repeat Flowering

Mix of 9 Species in Bundles of 50 Plants

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Elspeth's Hedgerow Jam Edible Hedging Mix

This mixed hedge pack is a bundle of 50 plants that produce edible fruit, nuts and berries, with an emphasis more on hedgerow jam ingredients than our standard edible hedging, and it may include elderflower. 

Please note: We will choose the plants that go into the hedge mix from the following list at the time of delivery. We cannot accept requests for specific plants to be used in your pack. If you want to be certain of having a particular plant in your hedge mix, please order it separately; you will save money on the same size plants by buying the hedge pack, though.

20% Hawthorn.
10% of eight other species chosen from the following: Blackthorn, Juneberry, Hazel, Cherry Plum, Crab Apple, Blackberry, Oleaster, Elder Flower, Dog Rose and Wild Pear

This mix of edible plants is more varied than our basic edible hedge mix. Elder (Sambucus nigra), isn't really suitable for planting in the middle of a mixed hedge because it will aggressively grow into the plants beside it. You can control this with pruning, but to save you the effort we recommend using it at the end of a hedge, on a strip by itself or planting it away from the hedge and letting it grow as a large shrub or small tree. Letting it grow freely will also give you a lot more flower heads to use; elderflower cordial will store for a long time, so it's not a problem if you make gallons of it. Hawthorn berries don't have much flavour, and it is a bit of a chore to remove the seed from each little fruit (it's a good job for the kids), but they are nutritious and useful for bulking up a hedgerow jam: the same goes for rose hips, except that their flavour is unique, and the flowers taste good too - a pity you can't eat both in the same year.
For an additional crop, consider adding a medlar maiden to the sunny end of your hedgerow, it makes a lush "bookend" and complements the mix well in Autumn.

Edible hedge packs are only delivered bareroot, during winter (November - March). The plants in this pack will be 40-80 cms tall when we deliver them. All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

Spacing an Edible hedge:

If you want the hedge to be secure, plant at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
You can also plant at 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row, with 33 cms between each plant along the row and 40cms between the rows.
Because you will want these plants to bear lots of fruit, you can space the plants a bit further apart, especially if security isn't an issue.

Each pack of 50 plants will make 16.5 metres of single row hedge and 10 metres of double row hedge.

View our selection of hedging packs or see our full range of hedging options.

This hedge pack follows a "recipe" much favoured by Elspeth Thompson, 1961-2010. A great gardener and good friend to Ashridge. Much missed.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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