This film applies to all the native country hedge plants.
The plants in this video are from our Conservation Hedge mix, the government grant approved hedgerow for biodiversity. They thrive in poor soils and urban conditions.
Country hedging is always delivered & planted bareroot in the winter (Nov-March).
You can read more about and buy most of the items you need here:
Unlike formal garden hedges, mature country style hedges are usually trimmed every other year.
This makes them less tidy and much more colourful, with all sorts of flowers, fruit and autumn colour going on.
|Click on Name to Read More||Description|
|Blackthorn / Sloe|
|Berries are used in Sloe Gin.
Flowers in very early spring, before any leaves appear. Not suitable for chalk.
|Fruit can be used in crabapple jelly.
Lovely pink-white blossom.
|Currant, Flowering (King Edward VII)|
|Makes lovely showers of pink flowers, even in shady spots.|
|Not actually a rose!
Round bunches of white flowers that turn into bright red berries. Great autumn colour.
Fine for chalk & heavy clay, not for acidic soils.
|Hawthorn / Quickthorn|
|The all time best country hedge plant.
A typical mixed native hedge is 50% hawthorn, planted in every other space.
Any soil except waterlogged - wet, heavy clay is fine.
|Naturally bushy from the base.
Very good for supporting bees.
Any moist soil. Fine for very windy sites but not the coast.
|Warm autumn colour. Any well drained soil.|
|Lovely dense plant. Small fruit can be used for hedgerow jam. Any soil, pollution & drought tolerant.|
|Not evergreen like the privet you see in city hedges, but otherwise very similar.|
|Dog rose is the cheapest and the best, but for a splash more colour you can throw in a few of the other wild roses.|
|Bursts of colour with pink & orange fruit and pink autumn leaves.|
|A viburnum with great autumn colour. Grows well on chalk.|
If you maintain them, it's fine to add some wild blackberry brambles in your hedge. Every other year, just reach into the base of the hedge and cut the old stems at ground level to stop it taking over.