Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is the most widely used hedge plant in the UK. It has all the virtues you look for in hedging - it is fast growing (hence the name quickthorn), incredibly tough, happy in almost any soil, easy to clip and so dense that even in winter when it is leafless, a well-grown hawthorn hedge is hard to see through. Visually, it provides year-round interest. Masses of simple, white blossom contrast with its dark wood in spring. The glossy green foliage looks good all summer and is then followed in autumn by bunches of bright red haws. And when leaf and berry are gone, the black bark looks startling on a frosty day. Add to all that its qualities as a stock proof hedge and Hawthorn is an excellent choice. You can also take look at the rest of our range of hedging plants many of which can be added hawthorn for more variety.
Hawthorn in Summary
Uses: Country and stockproof hedges from 100cms upwards
Good Points: Native, cheap, almost literally bomb-proof
Position: Anywhere there is drainage
Growth: 40-50cms p.a.
Planting and Caring for a Hawthorn Hedge
The best planting advice we can give is contained in our film on How to Plant a Country Hedge. Although it was made with mixed hedging it applies equally to a hedge made just from Hawthorn. If you prefer the written word, then have a look at our Hedging Advice Section.
Just remember that tough though Hawthorn may be, a little bit of preparation plus watering immediately after plating and protection from rabbits (which adore young hedging) will help ensure your plants establish as quickly as possible. We always recommend Rootgrow when planting, especially in poorer soils as it really makes a difference to plant establishment. And it is important to keep weeds under control for the first 2- 3 years. Either spray them off before planting and again when there is no leaf on the hedge, or suppress them using organic mulches or Mypex.
If you want a stock proof hedge, plant in a double row at five plants per metre. if your hawthorn hedge is just for screening, then plant in a single row at three plants per metre. It will no longer stop a charging bull, but it will still be dense enough to keep out trespassers and prying eyes!
For the best display of flowers and haws, the trick is to clip your hedge every other year. This gives the plants a chance to produce flowering wood.
Kept clipped, your hedge should give you decades of service. However, if it is neglected, after 10-15 years, gaps can appear at the base. These can be dealt with by "laying" which will make your hedge as good as - or sometimes even better than - new.
Pruning Hawthorn Hedging
Young hawthorn plants are called "whips" for good reason. They are slim which makes them easier to plant and, if you have rabbits, the absence of side branches makes putting spirals on simple. However, pruning work is needed after planting for your hawthorn hedge to become bushy from as close to the ground as possible. So the first two "prunings" are easy but important. Get them right and it will be impenetrable.
Cut Hawthorn Hedge plants back after Planting
On planting (October-April) cut your hedging back by HALF. As in 50%. Do it on the day you plant them. Many planters cut young plants back a bit more - down to 6" (15 cms) with great success. This is a bit like pruning a rose; dormant buds below the cut put out new growth in spring. Each little "stump" can produce as many as 5 (but more usually 3 or 4) new branches as a result.
And cut Hawthorn Hedges back again a year later
Assuming you planted between October and April, make the second cut the following winter, roughly a year later when the leaves have fallen. With secateurs or hedge trimmer, carefully cut all the NEW growth i.e. (that is no more than a year old) back by HALF. Yes, that really is 50% and it really applies to ALL the new growth made since the first cut. This will have the effect of causing each newly pruned branch to put out 3-5 new growths the following March...
Hawthorn - Trimming in later years
As a result of the first two cuts, the hedging whips that about a year and a half before had no side growths are now sturdy rounded bushes with about 9 and 15 branches each. Over the following years, these will lengthen and thicken and you will not have to make savage cuts like the first two again. Trim the sides of your hawthorn hedge when they look ragged in autumn and keep the tops reasonably level at the same time. Try to clip your hedge to a tapered shape - all hedges whether native or formal should be wider at the bottom than at the top to let light get to the lower branches and keep them leafy.
Buying Hawthorn Hedging
You can buy hawthorn plants (Crataegus monogyna) singly in a range of sizes. The more you buy, the cheaper they get per plant. Most economic however is to look at our packs of 50 plants which come in the two most popular sizes and are sufficient to plant 17 metres at three plants per metre or to give you 10 metres of stockproof hedge planted at 5 plants per metre in a double row.
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Many thanks for the delivery of fruit/plants over the weekend. They are lovely plants, I’ve never seen raspberry canes with such good root growth. I shall pass on my recommendations to any new allotment/garden starters next year.
I have been growing fruit and veg for over 15 years and finding quality plants and good service is always a challenge on the internet. Keep up the good work.David Hunter
Can I please just pass on my thanks for getting the 60 copper beech hedge plants out to me when you did, a couple of weeks ago.....
I know the weather has been awfully difficult for you, so to get me the plants out as you did, to time in with my week off work, was hugely appreciated.
Just to say that our plants arrived during this week and we are delighted. I don’t know if your sweet pea plants would usually be as substantial or whether their despatch was delayed by events but, either way, they look great.
Many thanks indeed.
It came a lot quicker than I had expected and I'd like to congratulate you on your excellent packaging.
It was easy to handle and the plants were held firm. A change from other plant orders I've received from some suppliers.Lorraine
Just thought I’d let you know we are very pleased with the tree, it was delivered on time and is of top quality.Mr. Johnson
Thank you for the excellent quality of the trees. They arrived at 12 pm and were planted and watered in by 3 30pm. The root balls ware so substantial that we had to make the trench wider in places.Pat Bailey
I wanted to tell you how fabulous the sweet peas are that I ordered from you this year and how thrilled I am to know that I will have the same again next year...thank you very much!
I received the Cider Apple trees and the Discovery pollinator this morning in the rain. That has kept them nice and moist as I unwrapped the huge parcel. For maidens, I'd expected trees either 5ft or a bit shorter, similar to ones received from other suppliers in the past. Yours were over 6ft and all in blossom. All in exemplary condition and well-branched. I shall need to put them in deeper pots for the time being, having been doused in rootgrow gell and shakings of the dry rootgrow to give them head start before planting them properly, where they are intended to grow on.
I cannot thank you enough as these five trees will last a lifetime. Ashridge trees come highly recommended by me.
I now look forward to making my own cider in the years to come.Myra
My order has arrived safely and I would like to say that the plants were all in great condition.
Planting is now complete today(Sunday) and look great in situ.
Thank you for your efficient and high quality service.
Many thanks,Helen (Orrell)
yes the plants arrived and have been planted. All had very good roots and were healthy. We are very pleased.
Thank you once again for excellent service. You delivered our well packed trees early Friday morning as promised and in between the showers we were able to get them planted.Brian Knowles
I was very impressed with the quality,health ,condition and size of the trees supplied with my order .An excellent reflection on your Company.John Turner
Thank you for my sweet peas, they are in excellent condition,
The plants are well presented, carefully wrapped to protect the tender stems and I would highly recommend you.
My beech trees are also appearing to do quite well. A little early to see if they have survived the winter but certainly looking good at the moment.
Hello Ashridge Folks
The trees and accessories arrived as planned and the two beautiful Whitebeam saplings are now planted and will, hopefully, have long and happy lives where situated.
The trees were planted in memory of my husband who died last year so the care, attention and patience you gave this order are very much appreciated. Thank you.
Should I need trees, other garden goodies (or advice) in the future, for whatever reason, I will certainly be returning to you.
Very best wishes for Yuletide and 2020.
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I am writing to tell you that my Hidcote Lavender plants arrived on the day you said they would - excellent service. I have now unpacked them which was very good - all safe and sound, no damage. The quality of the plants is first class, very healthy and ready to be planted.
This my second order - the first being a flowering cherry which I was also delighted with. I will continue to shop with you and will recommend you to my friends and family.
A quick note to say the complete order arrived safely yesterday. The tree looks splendid and will make a fine feature in the garden. Cannot wait for next spring to see the blossom on the Blackthorn.
Many thanks for speedy and helpful service.
In the nicest way, we have your number!Finlay
I wanted to thank you for my recent order that I received today.
Delivery and packaging exceptional and the plants are beautiful and really healthy. I can't wait for them to flourish in my garden.
Thank you so much
Can I just say a huge thank you for the Christmas trees that arrived on Tuesday. By a mile the best we have ever had - fresh as a daisy and excellent shape. Coupled with which they were great value for money compared with some of the trees being offered locally.Simon
Just a short note of thanks. I had not ordered from you previously and, looking for options to order hedge plants on-line, I found your website easy to navigate and informative. The ordering process was straight forward and I appreciated the way you kept me informed, including letting me know the day you had dug my plants. When the plants arrived (in two packaged bundles) they were clearly labelled and very healthy looking. I look forward to seeing them grow! Thank you.Mr. Hesketh
Thank you so much for the pleasure your plants will bring during our lockdown!
They have arrived in good condition and have been potted up in the greenhouse.
Really grateful to you.
Warmest greetings, Sheila Smith.Sheila Smith
Thank you so much for my trees they really are super specimensAnnie
I have just completed a Feefo survey. Just thought I would let you know how great the lady who served me on the phone was. I needed some plants for my gardener the following day (and I rang quite late). The lady said it wasn't possible so I said OK. Shortly afterwards she rang me back...... She had arranged for next day delivery. I'm sorry I can't remember her name, she sounded quIte young but her service was outstanding, super helpful.
The plants turned up the following morning and I was really pleased with the quality, size and price of the plants and my gardener was very impressed too.
Will definitely order from you again
Just a note of many thanks for the excellent lavender plants, arrived yesterday. I am making my new lavender hedge today. Like so many other people right now, gardening is pivatol to keeping us strong in every sense. Thank you for the wonderfully reliable service you provide. Janette Groves
Thank you very much for the lovely Honeysuckle plants we received today. We managed to get them planted this evening and they look great.
Well done to your team for all the hard work you are all doing in these incredible difficult times, we think you must be so proud of yourselves.
You all take care of yourselves and keep up the good work.Yvonne
Our trees arrived safely yesterday, for which many thanks. We will be planting them tomorrow. We are most impressed with the quality of your customer service and will recommend you to others without hesitation.
Thank you very much for the splendid Syringa Beauty of Moscow. It arrived in perfect condition and it was so lovely to have it within days of ordering.Hilary Catchpole
My order arrived on time today, all beautifully packaged, in tiptop condition - lovely plants!
Would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all concerned, am very grateful and will definitely be returning in the future for further orders.Diana Holdsworth
Thank you for the speedy delivery. My personal plants are excellent. Two out of three now in my garden. Thank goodness for the mild spell. Each one full of promise and look forward to their fruits. Thank you for your care.
Many thanks for delivering the damson tree and accessories before Christmas. It is now in the ground and looks to be a splendid tree. Also thank you for the refund of the postage and packaging it has now landed in my account. The Naked Wines Voucher was a welcome surprise.
I hope to do business with you again in the New Year
Best Wishes and a Merry ChristmasMike
Our order arrived on time Tuesday & was found to be all in good condition & correct when opened on Saturday, it is now all well planted & waiting for Spring....Many thanks to the teams again for a first rate delivery of good quality plants, selected from native hedgingPeter A
Order was delivered yesterday, just unpacked it all, everything is fine and dandy thank you for an excellent service.
Keep doing what yer doing!Tom Vowles
Thank you. All arrived safe and look really good strong and healthy - they came this morning and all are planted now.
Excellent quality and service.J Joseph
Just to thank you for my plant order.
Well worth the wait! So fresh and well packaged. Outstanding quality too, well done in these difficult times. Much appreciatedC Broad
Just received your trees
Delighted with the quality
Good afternoon to you, thank you for your perseverance with my order, a very healthy looking tree has arrived today and has now been installed in the garden.
I have to say your customer care and follow up has been outstanding and I would not hesitate to order from you and recommend you to other people.Michael Beale
Thought I’d drop you a line to thank you for the wonderful quince bushes that arrived yesterday. They are really top-notch trees and are already planted in a nice sunny spot. Purely, on the back of this I’ve now ordered these two apples from you, so hope sincerely that they will be similarly really great quality bushes.Mark Edwards
I wanted to leave a message for Ashridge to thank you for delivering the most wonderful Christmas Tree. It is the best we have ever had. It is the perfect size and shape and I shall definitely order another next year. It’s such a success and I shall tell our son to do the same. It took all the angst out of choosing. Clare Pinsent
Thank you to everyone at Ashridge Nurseries for your prompt and efficient service from taking the order to delivery. I will not hesitate to either purchase from you again or recommend you to friends.Lesley Atkinson
I have just received delivery of the three Honeysuckle plants that I ordered from you four weeks ago.
They are top quality, packed very well and I am totally satisfied with them, I will recommend you to any of our friends.
Value for money at a premium.
Brian Brian Osborne
Hi all at Ashridge,
I just had to write and say thank you for the best Christmas tree I have ever had!! It has and is still stunning! It hasn’t dropped any needles despite being in a warm room. I have given it water regularly but I still can’t believe how amazing a tree it is!
For me the most wonderful thing about Christmas is having a tree indoors, I absolutely love a Christmas tree and this one takes the prize as the best ever. I can’t thank you enough for sending the most beautiful tree to grace my front room this Christmas, I won’t want to take it down!! And to think all I did was order it on line, no driving for miles to search out a tree, no hassle getting it in or on the car, then out at the other end. It just arrived one day in perfect condition and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, and everyone who has seen it over Christmas has remarked on just how beautiful it is, and been amazed that I got it in the post! So a big thank you to all of you at Ashridge for the most perfect of Christmas trees.
Best wishes for 2019.S Rothwell
Excellent packaging, Yodel delivery excellent, Vines, as in photo below, Excellent plants and very pleased all round. Many thanks.Angela Fuller
Just to let you know my order of 2 x thornless blackberries and a rose
arrived on Saturday,looking really good.Planted on Sunday.
The reason for the blackberry plants is that we have stick Insects in our garden,
They love roses,and my roses have been munched this summer.They also like brambles
hence the thornless blackberry plants!!JC
Many thanks for the lovely Vilmorinii
Kind regards John
Thank you. My trees arrived safely today and have been planted. Lovely trees in nice condition. Not sure we have room for any more, sadly. Our first trees from you, about twenty years ago, are now a lovely woodland and a real pleasure.
Thankyou, the trees have arrived safely and were left in our porch. They are in perfect condition.Ms T Fedden
Great Roses , I have bought from you in the past . Always good communication and the plants always arrive on time and in perfect condition thanksPaul
I just wanted to thank you for the way you have dealt with my order. The plants are of a very high quality and arrived in excellent packaging and as planned, the whole transaction has been first class from ordering to delivery . I just wanted to acknowledge this and thank you again for the excellent way it's been dealt with.Chris Gardner
Just a quick thank you for your service during theses trying times. My plants arrived safe and well.They were well packed and are very healthy. Will certainly buy from you again and recommend you to friends and family.Katrina Davies
Thank you Ashridge Trees, my order delivered Wednesday 9th in excellent condition, great rooting system a prime example of this product, well pleased.I will shop again.Doug Sainsbury
Dear Ashridgetrees, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your prompt attention to my order, received first thing this morning and only placed on 4th March. All your staff have been most helpful and courteous . I look forward to receiving my remaining 2 orders and watching them grow. I shall certainly use your company again and recommend you to my friends and colleaguesJane
Just wanted to say how delighted we all were with the service, quality of the tree and prompt delivery. Thank-you!
We spent the weekend decorating the house for Christmas, and my wife and two you boys were so pleased and excited at putting the lights on the real tree outside!
We'll be using you again, next year and every year!
All the best for Christmas and the New Year!Marc
I just received my order of a Rowan and Spindleberry and I wanted to thank you for such good quality plant material. I used to be a horticulturalist so I know what to look for in quality. Also I had some retired hardy nursery stock growers staying with me and they were impressed as well and will be using you next time they need a tree. I am looking forward to seeing the lovely yellow berries of the Rowan next year and, in time, those bright Spindleberries - my woodland corner is going to look great. Happy Christmas JaneJane
Amazing staff, Amazing service, Amazing products! Better than Christmas!!!Matthew Croft
I bought a tall Christmas tree from you this year and it just had to be the best one I have ever, ever had. I usually buy 2-3 trees each Christmas for family in Somerset, London and Cheshire from various nurseries and shops but I have never had one that kept its needles,colour and shape - and looked as good waiting to go on the bonfire as it was when I first bought it some weeks before Christmas.
Thank you,Ursula Inglis-Jones
Thank you so much, the trees have just arrived in perfect order!
I’m really grateful you sorted out my delivery and look forward to planting the trees with the help of your excellent video.judith
My lavender hedge has just arrived, beautifully packed and in perfect
condition. Many thanks - I'm looking forward to getting the plants into the
ground and watching them flourish!Kate
Thank you for updating my order. I appreciate your high standard of customer service and hope to buy more trees from you in the future. I still have space for more!Julia
Just to let you know order arrived in great condition will be buying more from you. Your delivery firm were impeccable. Could not believe the quality and size of the trees. Thank you again and have a great year ahead. Chris
All arrived yesterday, in the best plant packaging I have ever seen!..Thank you! JoanJoan Wilson
I just wanted to say thank you very much for the beautiful sweet pea plants you sent me this week. They arrived in good condition and are resting in pots in the cold frame just now. I will plant them out on Friday when the cold east wind is due to stop.
I know this is such a difficult time for business and I think you really deserve to get through these hard times and prosper! I hope you and your fantastic team keep safe through this dreadful pandemic and I look forward to buying more wonderful plants from you in the future.
Thank you again for your generosity,Ros W
Your/our tree arrived in perfect condition this morning and was planted, fed, watered, staked, rabbit-guarded within a couple of hours. It looks really lovely and we are delighted with it: looking forward to enjoying it for many years. Thank you very much.Gill
I just wanted to thank you for my order. The beech hedging arrived in good condition and looks healthy. Your service was very efficient and you have been a pleasure to deal with. I am looking forward to watching my new hedge thrive! Many thanks, Claire Claire
Dear all at Ashridge. Thank you for completing my order prior to Christmas and an even bigger thank you for the excellent Csar plum and Newton Wonder apple what really beautiful young trees they are. I hope I can grow them on into wonderful productive fruit trees. They were packaged, obviously, with great care and arrived without a blemish in fine condition; even the delivery driver was polite and enthusiastic ! I am most grateful for your excellent stock and services and wish you all a Happy Christmas. GilesGiles
The plants were well packed and the quality and condition of all plants was excellent. Thank you, I should have ordered more! R Lewis
Have just had our Christmas tree delivered, and have put it up-the reason for ordering our tree from you was because I have just had a major operation and cannot go out or drive until the new year-I saw your website, and your guarantee if not satisfied you will collect the tree free of charge-I was hoping it would be okay. It is the best tree we have ever purchased! Tall and bushy with lots of lovely branches, the stump cut nicely, it stands up nice and straight And smells absolutely wonderful-thank you so much for helping to make this Christmas very special for us all-we have decided to order our tree from you every year now. We are extremely satisfied customers. Wishing you All a very Happy Christmas.
Thank YouTina Langridge
I just want to say thank-you for your very prompt service - despite the current difficulties. The plants arrived today as scheduled and in good order. I am very pleased with them and they are already in the ground where I want them to grow. With the help of Mycorrhizal and a good watering in, I am sure they will do well. Thanks again and regards, RogerRoger Toll
Thanks for the great service. Tree delivered & delighted with quality - thanksJan
Just wanted to say thanks. We received our order of 3 silver birch trees this week and thankfully the weather was kind and allowed us to get them in the ground in a timely manner!
We are delighted with the trees which look so healthy and are a good size. They represent excellent value for money and we can’t wait to see them take off and grow big and strong.
The whole process was so easy from selection, ordering delivery ((excellent delivery driver who arrived when I had popped out but who left the trees safely in the carport).
Can’t thank you enough and will certainly come back to you for future needs and recommend you to family and friends.
Thank you Ashridge for a beautiful tree delivered to my house. Fabulous service and lovely tree.
just a quick note to say thank you for keeping me in touch with the delivery of my blackthorn trees. They have arrived, well packed, very healthy and we are both very impressed with your service. thank you again.Pamela Kyte
Hi thank you for my purging buckthorn, which came on time today and in great condition. Really nice root systems. They were unboxed and planted up within the hour.C JONES
Thank you so very much. Once again such very good customer service. You are indeed, a super company.
Brilliant and many thanks again
I have now received the plants as ordered and want to say how impressed with the 50 Dwarf Box plants ordered. The speed of delivery was truly amazing !
In addition, the telephone advice which was given was 'second to none ; and I will not hesitate to deal with you again.
Very Many Thanks for sending me these 'quality plants' and here's hoping we can look after and endure them for may years to come.Joseph
This is just to say what a really splendid tree you supplied. It is the best we have had for many many years and beautifully packed too. D Haley
What a fantastic service guys!
Incredibly lush,healthy looking plants,sensibly packaged,good planting and advice instructions and informative communication emails at every step.
Well done to the whole teamB McCarthy
First rate plants and first rate service. The plants arrived within two days of placing the order so thanj you very muchCharles
Just wanted to say my Christmas Tree is perfect. Beautiful shape and condition. Well packed and the Delivery Driver was marvellous carrying the tree to the back gate. Thank you Ashridge.
Docton Mill Gardens, Devon
Narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhodos, azaleas, bluebells and twenty-five varieties of magnolia promise a spectacular display.
Just to say your plants for my first order from you arrived this morning, beautifully packed and within minutes were unpacked and lightly watered. Will be planted tomorrow and all look really healthy. Thanks very muchJ Quinn
I Just wanted to say many thanks for my recent order the plants look excellent and I am very happy with them. Your service has been great too and I will be sure to order with you again.
Thank you for the efficient handling of my order. The yew and beech hedging plants are of excellent quality and I'm really pleased that I bought them from Ashridge! Thank you
Thank you for my order of Lavender (Munstead and Hidcote) to replant two borders in lavender hedging which arrived safely and in good condition. It's the first time I've ordered plants online and it's been a good experience. Your website is clear, informative and straightforward to navigate with good advice too. When I called your company to discuss delivery dates I found your staff very helpful and friendly. I have recommended Ashridge to friends already! Many thanksJune Inglis
Hedge planted - am delighted . Fingers crossed it springs into action!
Ashridge were terrific thank you - and hedge planting video on website .Laura Field
Received the order yesterday and planted today! Good quality trees and roses.
I just want to say a big thank you to Vikki and the whole team for ensuring my order of apple trees were delivered safely after all my faffing about. They are lovely examples and will make a lovely mini orchard. Hope to order again from you soon(if you allow me to).V Parker
I know its probably an automated email but many thanks for the enquiry about my order and delivery.
I couldn't be happier, the bare root tree/standard I got delivered was much bigger, healthier and shapely than I expected. It was extremely well packed too.
I'll certainly be ordering from you guys again. Mark LEWIS
This is the 3rd year I have ordered my Christmas tree through you and I realised, when I was placing my order, that in the past I used to think my Christmas planning started when I ordered my cards on line - now it starts when I order my tree from you.
Just a quick message to let you know that all arrived safely yesterday. We planted our lovely new tree straight away, in perfect conditions; soil still damp; sunshine; and no wind. The forecast for here is for several more such days. Planting a tree is incredibly therapeutic. It really lifted our spirits.
Thank you very much for all the work you are doing in these conditions, that none of us could have imagined. I hope you are all well and will continue to be so. We won't forget the year that we planted this tree, but it's already a little beacon of hope, that it will still be there, fine and healthy, when these difficult days come to an end.
Just wanted to thank you for such a good service and especially the strong and healthy quality of the plants. Also, they arrived earlier than expected which was excellent. Your carrier Yodel kept me very well informed. Mr Booth
Dear Ashridge Nurseries Many thanks to your staff for sending my clematis order. Super! Well worth the wait.Roderick B
Thank you for my lovely lavender which arrived safely on the predicted date. Well done!
Helen Helen Powell
Thank you for my roses they were delivered today and are already in pots.
I am absolutely delighted with them and will look forward to the summer blooms.
I couldn't have wished for better, healthier plantsMerry
Can we just say a big thank you for your fabulous service and the quality of the produce? We will not hesitate to recommend you.Martyn and Sally Webb.
i just wanted to say how impressed I was with the quality of your service and plants. Delivery was efficient, the 12 Rosa Ragusa carefully packed and healthy. This was in contrast to some shrubs I ordered from another company which didn't match their online description. I will definitely choose Ashridge Nurseries again and have recommended you to other people. I wish I'd ordered the other shrubs from you too!Kathy
Thank you for our delivery of two fruit trees. As usual they have arrived on time, beautifully packaged and in superb condition. They are now happily planted on the Red House Ramble. We would like to thank all involved for your outstanding service and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy and Proseprous New Year.C Savage
Dear Ashridge Nurseries
Thank you so much for the delivery of wonderful plants today!
I’m thrilled that they’ve arrived, looking perfectly happy, and can’t wait to bed them in later over this weekend.
Thanks again for such excellent service -
All the best!
Just to say how delighted I am with my beautiful lavender plants. So fresh, so green and so well packed (carefully and sensitively). Can’t thank you enough and look forward to ordering from you again soon.
In response to your email checking the safe delivery of my order, may I thank you for the superb secure packaging and the excellent quality of the plants.Richard
I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your web site together the efficient service and advice I have received.Russ Mathieson
I just wanted to thank you for your continued support. We were initially warned to be wary buying any kind of trees of hedging from an online supplier, but you have proved any suspicions were totally unfounded. Not only were you very competitive on price, your continued support has been invaluable. Our first planting did not go strictly as planned, but your advice, professionalism and customer service has been second to none. You have been patient, courteous, always respond promptly and provided sound professional advice. I have found this level of service totally refreshing, and would have no hesitation in recommending Ashridge Trees to any future potential customers. Thank you once again. Sam Dey
I just wanted to drop a quick message across to say how pleased I am with the Bay Tree I received today. It’s beautiful - since your delivery driver knocked at the door, I basically spent the rest of the day admiring it! Thank you so much! L Groom
All trees received, well packed and ready to plant, along with rootgrow.
Time to get digging!Mike
Many thanks for our recent delivery of 40 lavender Blue Hidcote. I would like to thank you for the care you have taken over this order. The plants are very good quality and were well packaged. I also appreciated the post-delivery email to check all was well.Lygo Roberts
Just a bit of feedback, my last order from you was the best quality and best packaged trees
I have received this year. They took a while to arrive, but when I opened them up was very impressed.
You produce quality trees and customer service is excellent.
I will be in touch next season.Richard
I would just like to say how pleased we are with the trees you supplied. Good strong healthy specimens and a first class delivery system.
All the best,Ian
Dear Mary, Mae and Sarah
In response to your email below I would like to tell you that we very happy with our 4 trees (3 x Himalayan Birch and 1 Common Alder) that we ordered from you.
The trees are all happily tucked up in the soil of our paddock.
In particular I'd like to praise your website and the email contact that you kept up while we were waiting for all our order to be available (the common alder delayed things quite a bit - not a problem for us though). The video on help with planting a tree was really good, although I was extremely jealous of your soil - ours is heavy clay!
The other important point I'd like to praise with your service concerns the way the trees had been packaged, not a single bud was damaged. You'd also sent us great specimens. The latter is a very important point as when ordering on-line, its not as though we can pick and choose the actual tree ourselves.
In summary its a big thank you from usNikki
Just to let you know how pleased I am with my tree. It is a lovely specimen and arrived in very good condition on the date you gave me. I also found the planting video very helpful. The whole service couldn’t be better
just felt I needed to thank you for the trees which arrived safely, healthy and are now planted and stood to attention down our driveway! You even arranged the rain to come for the last two weeks to water them : )
I wanted to say how much I appreciated each communication I had with your staff - all helpful and pleasant. I wouldnt have any hesitation in recommending you to anyone.
Just a quick email to say how delighted I am with the plants, packaging, delivery etc. Will purchase from you again, when I can think of something edible I would like to grow.D Collard
Thank you very much for my Cosmos Purity order that arrived, beautifully packed and in very good condition, last week the plants were planted the next day and are extremely happy. I congratulate you on your packaging and care. Thank you, SueSue Paterson
My tree was delivered yesterday together with the rose I ordered.
I just want to tell you how delighted I am with my order. It was packaged beautifully, so well in fact that I had difficulty in getting into it but when I did, I was thrilled with what was inside.
Both the lovely tree and the climbing rose are planted and I look forward to next Spring when they will both begin to show their glory.
Thank you so much for excellent products and superb packaging.
With kindest regards,
order received in very good shape and we are very pleased with the quality of the plants and with the service we have received. So many thanks!Paul Medlicott
Just a short note to say what a superb Christmas Tree you supplied me with – actually better than the last one. It looked wonderful.
And I’m more than delighted with the bare root fruit trees you supplied me with recently, all of which have gone in and are showing bud.
From my point of view, it is very comforting to know that I will only ever get the best from Ashridge.A PEEL
I have received my plants and trees and I must say that I am extremely pleased they are in an amazing condition and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ashridge for confidence in buying on line for quality and delivery, well done !!!Ann Race
Just to let you know that we were very pleased with the quality of our recent orders (x2). We’ve now planted nearly a 90 trees this year. Everything you sent really was first rate and we look forward to watching everything start to grow. Your service and your helpful advice were terrific as well. We will back for more, larger orders at the end of the year. Now that we know what we are doing! Thanks again.WB
Just to say that the Christmas tree I bought from you for this Christmas is the best tree I have ever bought. Beautiful needles, lovely shape etc. I will definitely get my tree form you again next year.D Letham
I just wanted to say thank you for such an amazing tree and service. I have not see a freshly cut tree like this since I was a child and it was quite emotional when I saw its lovely bright green needles. I will certainly be ordering a tree from you every year from now on and some plants in between in the spring. Thank you so much once again and and may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. BarryBarry
Thank you, yes, I have received my order and am extremely pleased with everything you have sent and the way all the plants and trees were protected.
I definitely will be a future customer and will recommend you to others.
Thank you again,Lori
Thank you very much to all the crew for working under these conditions. Gardens are such an important restorative and uplifting distraction from this stressful time. I am continuing to work as a gardener and it's good to be able to continue to get supplies from good nurseries like yours.
all the hedge plants arrived safely and the great packaging meant that their roots were still damp. They're all in and we're watering regularly - looking forward to seeing first leaves. This is the 4th time I've ordered hedge plants from you and I laid the hedge we planted at our allotment site last year - great plants have now made a lovely hedge... here's a photo!Miranda
Dear Ashridge Nurseries
Many thanks for the cotoneaster simonsii delivered today in excellent order with really good root systems – much appreciated.
With kind regardsPenny
The parcel arrived today and I want to thank you for your excellent service in these difficult times. The packing was first class and the lavender plants look wonderfully healthy, all 26 of them. Can’t wait to start planting.
Dear Ashridge Nurseries
I have always been impressed with your service and all the goods I have bought have been great. But I am absolutely thrilled with my Rowan tree planted in my front border recently. It looks wonderful and I can't wait to see the leaves, blossom and fruit come out.
Many, many thanksBarbara Thurston
Thank you for the subject order. Received in very good order. My compliments on your packaging regime. Outstanding.Abel
The rose tree arrived at the right place at the right time and in very good order. Thank you very much.M
Thank you, Ms Young. I received the order last Thursday (7 April), as scheduled. Everything was included and arrived in perfect condition. The plants have already been planted. I am grateful for your help.Elemer Szabadi
This is just to say that we have been very pleased with the trees we have bought from you. They are all of excellent quality and were delivered on time. We would unreservedly recommend Ashridge Nurseries Trevor and Susan Parr
This was a gift from my sister. I just wanted you to know that these are the best quality plants ever delivered to me .....and I regularly order good quality online stock from Crocus, Sarah Raven and others.
Thank you very much. Planted today!S Lewis
I just wanted to say how very pleased I am with the trees I ordered from you. They arrived on Thursday. Sue Coates
I just wanted to let you know that our Christmas tree was wonderful. I have only once previously bought a tree sight unseen and that was a disaster. Luckily for you I had forgotten this when I ordered my tree from you! I need not have worried as you delivered a beautiful tree, well pruned and healthy. It seems a shame to have to take it down but we will definitely be ordering one from you next year if we are at home.B Montgomery
The tree & roses that you sent at the time we asked for, despite the wet weather, are very good specimens. They were wrapped well too. We have just finished planting them, taking advantage of a few rain free & sunny hours! ThanksChristine
I just wanted to say how delighted I am with my Lavender Plants delivery yesterday. Top quality plants. So thank you so very much and I look forward to ordering more plants for my garden in due course.Ellie C
Thank you so much for the lovely tree which arrived safely late yesterday and is now planted and staked. It is first class tree - a tree for life instead of a Christmas Tree!
Thank you once again
Just to say your sweet peas are the best we have ever grown. Many thanks. See you next year!
Many thanks for the Rosa glauca which were delivered this afternoon and which are now in the ground.
They look splendid plants.
Thank you for your good service. I am sure I will be dealing with you again.Mo Bennett
Thank you for all your help and advice. Your website is superb and the trees look great. We’re very excited to see them grow, and we will be back in touch for more.Chris and Ian Tomlinson OBE
Hi all at Ashridge!
I really enjoy reading your emails and follow your jobs to do with gay abandon! Well, perhaps not quite such gay abandon, but you know what I mean!
Just got home from a lovely meal out to celebrate my birthday today and am listing jobs to do for tomorrow if the weather is reasonably kind.
Keep up the good work and look forward to your further emails!Frances Tarbin
Just to let you know my trees arrived today in Sutherland in good order. Absolutely fabulous service from yourselves and the couriers. We will plant our Christmas present trees as a family ASAP. Can’t thank you enough!I Paterson
Thank you so much, plants are perfect, beautifully packed,
Arrived as stated, could not be more pleased.
Dear All at Ashridge Trees
Thank you so much for supplying us with our 5 trees as ordered.
They were packaged with such care and clearly by people who adore their job and love their trees !
We took great delight in unwrapping and planting them. All the family helped dig the planting holes and fill them again. Wishing each tree welcome in its new home. Petitioning them for ‘delicious eating apples’, ‘ crumble apples’, ‘pears for supper’ and ‘plums and gages for puddings’.
We will take care of our new charges and reap the fruits of their labours for years to come.
With kind regardsThe Tompkins family.
I have received all of my order with no issues.
I would just like to say how impressed me and my neighbours were with the whole process. Everything from the support to the delivery and packaging was excellent. I have passed on the website details to my neighbours who helped me with planting and choices.
Just like to drop you an email to say how pleased we were with the 2 Christmas trees we purchased from you, especially the larger of the two it was such a beautiful tree it seemed a shame to decorate it.
My order has just arrived - fresh healthy plants that I just know will grow on well in my garden. Thank you! Liz Allen
Thank you for our Victoria plumb tree; as usual it was packaged perfectly to protect the excellent shaped tree within > we planted it this afternoon!Nikki
Hi - everything perfect with my order of snowdrops in the green - all now planted - some still flowering - sure to be back again - excellent service and plants - thank you
Your package arrived this morning all in perfect order. I wish all transactions were this good (PERFECT).
I hope that we do business again in the near future.David Spragg
I am absolutely delighted with the trees which arrived yesterday. The Lime Tree is a lovely shape and nice big size, I can't wait for Spring!E Elliott
Beautifully packed. Now planted and looking very well.Myra Brown
I'm emailing to saying thank you for your excellent customer service. I received this tree this afternoon as a replacement for a damaged one I phoned you about last week. Thank you for your no quibble response and the speedy dispatch of a replacement. This one is looking good. If I have room for another tree I will definitely order from you again!Anne
Yes my order(s) has been received and just want to say many thanks for your excellent service and brilliant website, advice etc.
Thank you Ashridge! My trees arrived safely yesterday and I am delighted with both the quality and condition as well as the very efficient service and advice. I will certainly recommend you to others.Ian Oxfordshire
Dear Ashridge Just to say many thanks for your usual efficiency in despatch and careful packaging. I’m very pleased with the quality of the stock - it looks excellentR. McCall
I would like to say thank you for your delivery of the Amelanchier trees. I was very impressed with the quality of the trees together with the through packaging and also supplying an extra tree! My Brother in Law was looking for a Wisteria to replace a previous tree which had died. As he was having difficulty in finding a suitable supplier, I told him about Ashridge Nurseries and how pleased I was about my recent and previous orders. As a result he has placed a order with you. Thanks again for your business and especially during these very difficult times.Mike Head
I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much.
I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months.
Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
We are in our fiftieth year of marriage and I don't often write reviews but I wanted to take the time to tell you that our beautiful Christmas tree was the best we have ever had. Thank you.
Mr. & Mrs. Robinson
That is amazingly good service. I am very impressed. The plants are adapting to their new home. Best wishes to you all. I can heartily recommend you. Thank you.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say how pleased we are with our tree. It's an excellent shape and you had packed it so carefully, we especially appreciated the bamboo cane to keep the top well protected.
"Bruce the Spruce" is installed, decorated and looking gorgeous in our hall.
Thank you very much indeed.
Thank you so much, Catherine & Co.!
The tree arrived this afternoon along with the rhubarb. It was so well-packed that it took me almost an hour to unravel all the tape, bubblewrap and such. The tree looks great. It has had some compost put around its roots in a breathable bag for this evening and the rhubarb root planted in a pot; I won't plant that out until Spring is around the corner. I find they don't like sitting in cold, damp soil over the Winter when establishing.
Thank you again for all your kind help and valued advice. I certainly know where to come next time!Ruth
I am delighted with the Pear tree. It is a lovely shape and in excellent condition, well packed and transported. It is already in the ground, looking perfect. Thank you for the advice and attention to detail.
Kind regards,Yvonne Gil
Just wanted to say that I received my order of Honeysuckle Darts World and Clematis Jackmanii this morning and that I’m absolutely delighted with not only the quality of the plants but your customer service as well.
The honeysuckle has a little grey mould on some of the leaves , probably to do with being in a cardboard box in this beautiful weather, but the packaging was superb and protected the specimens extremely well.
When I first placed my order on 26th March I was a bit disappointed that the delivery date was 4 weeks, but you have delivered sooner and taking into account the difficulties raised during the lockdown I think your service is very good.
I will tell my friends and neighbours about your service and good quality plants at a competitive price, just hope they don’t overwhelm you !
Thank you again - keep up the good work- Britain’s gardeners need you !
Lyn Lyn Heath
Received recent order and as usual it arrive in excellent packaging.Plants in superb condition.I know I can always rely on you. Many thanks.Mike
The beech hedging arrived safely and was planted within the hour of delivery. The root system is absolutely fantastic and I'm really impressed with the quality of the plants.
Dear Ashridge Just to say thank you for our order which arrived, as always, in perfect condition. I recommend you to everyone! Regards Cheryl Cheryl
I want to say an enormous thank you for the tree you supplied. It exceeded all my expectations. It was an absolute pleasure buying from you and look forward to ordering from you again, in the future. To everyone at Ashridge...thank you...you are awesome. :-)DONNA BROWN
Hi good morning Bit delayed due to eye operation but our raspberries are all great - had to share as not one was less than perfect. Thank you so much, fantastic service, beautiful canes. Many thanks indeed. Penny
Just received my beautiful Hydrangea Semannii...lovely large plant and very healthy. Thank youLinda
This is to all the staff that run your company!!
WELL DONE! It makes a change to deal with a professional company, quality goods, well packaged, helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient staff. If only all companies were like yourself.
Yes the trees are in (touch wood!) this weather should help, let's hope they take Jo Peel
Just wanted to say a quick thank you for my order of lavender plants that arrived safely today. You must all be working so hard under difficult conditions, and I imagine are inundated with orders, so the fact that all the plants look good and healthy is a credit to your team.Mrs E
Thank you so much, my order has arrived - already. Now that really is good service, it just couldn't be better.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.Stephanie (Hibberd)
Dear Ashridge team
Thank you again for all your help with the processing of the order and getting the delivery out quickly..
All turned up yesterday and in good condition - I can now head up to Norfolk next week to plant the bulbs - thank you so much!
Excellent customer service - couldn’t be happier
I am writing to you in relation to the 'Ellen' daffodil bulbs we bought off of you. We would just like to thank you and compliment you on the bulbs. We are keen gardeners and these are best bulbs we have ever used. We will certainly be using you again.T Thornberry
I just wanted to tell you how delighted I am with the Victoria plum tree you delivered today. It arrived in perfect condition and is a fine specimen. I enjoyed planting it this afternoon. It replaces a rather poor one, from one of your competitors, which never thrived for eight years and died this yearMr. K
Thank you for safe arrival of order. Beautiful healthy plants to add to previous orders. A really good service.
Best wishesJessica Crichton
Dear Ashbridge, I want to thank you for your excellent service. Both my recent orders arrived when you said they would and the plants were in top condition. The information on your ordering webpages was very helpful and my email questions were answered efficiently and were again very helpful. Well done. I will recommend you to other gardeners. Nicola
Plants were received on Friday thank you.
Fantastic, the roots were almost as well developed as the rest of the plant.
I shall certainly recommend you and your service to anyone who is looking to buy hedging plants.
My partner and I spent most of today planting the yew.
Really pleased with the way they look now that they are in the ground.M Breen
I would like to thank you for the beautiful tree you sent me. I was so pleased with your service from start to finish. The smoothest purchase of a Christmas Tree ever. It usually involves taking car seats out of car then hoovering up pine needles etc.
All my family were very impressed and we hope to be buying from you again next year.
Well done and Happy Christmas and New Year.Y Masters
Well packed, great communication throughout, impressed. First time I’ve bought from you, but will certainly do so again.Rob
Thank you for a great service and easy, informative website.Ruth W
Many thanks for prompt delivery. Excellent, healthy, vigorous plants received in perfect condition. My first order from Ashridge Nurseries and certainly won't be my last!
Bare Root vs Pot Grown
Bare-root Plants are only delivered in the winter season, from November to May. Pot grown plants can be delivered all year round
Ashridge Trees: Bareroot plants vs Pot-Grown Explained
Bare-root Plants are only delivered in the winter season, from November to May. Pot grown plants can be delivered all year round
Advantages of Bare-root plants:
You pay less for the same size plants.
You can carry and plant them easily.
You only plant them in winter, so they need less maintenance after planting. The ground is naturally wet for their first few months.
You get the biggest selection: Many trees are not sold pot-grown.
They are "asleep" in winter - this is the best time to transplant any tree.
They use fewer fertilisers & fungicides, less water and less packaging and fuel in their production & delivery.
Advantages of Pot Grown plants:
Pot grown plants can be delivered & planted all year round.
Plants with tender roots & larger specimens must be delivered in pots.
Plants in pots can be kept for months longer if there is a delay in planting.
Our Advice to You: If you can't wait to get planting, order Pot grown plants now. If you are not in a hurry, order bare-root plants for delivery this winter. In both cases it is usually a good idea to order early.