Planting a Country Hedge Video - Advice from Ashridge Trees

Planting a Native Hedge Video

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).

All our Country Hedging is Guaranteed for one Year.

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.

  • If you are planting a big native hedge out in the country, the best option is to buy the conservation hedge mix in bundles of 50 plants - each pack will do 16 metres of single row hedge or 10 metres of double row. You can also buy cheaper economy packs of 250 smaller plants.
  • If you are planting a country style hedge along your garden, you might want to make your own mix from the list below and throw in some extra plants for even more colour.
Click on Name to Read MoreDescription
Blackthorn / Sloe
Berries are used in Sloe Gin.
Flowers in very early spring, before any leaves appear. Not suitable for chalk.
Crab Apple
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.
Guelder Rose
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.
Maple, Field
Warm autumn colour. Any well drained soil.
Pear, Wild
Lovely dense plant. Small fruit can be used for hedgerow jam. Any soil, pollution & drought tolerant.
Privet, Wild
Not evergreen like the privet you see in city hedges, but otherwise very similar.
Rose, Dog
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.
Wayfaring Tree
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.

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