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Native Hedging Plants

Native Hedge Plants

Mixed native hedging is the cheapest category of hedge plant available but don’t let that put you off - it is one of the main building blocks of our countryside landscape. That is why is deserves a section all to itself in our wide selection of hedging plants for sale.

There are more species of native hedging in the UK than one might expect. There are hedgerows today that were planted before the Battle of Hastings but the plants in them are not the originals; instead, they are descendants of species planted over 1000 years ago. So the age of a mixed hedge can be hard to determine and the best way to guess it is to look at the number of species it contains. Nature has a wonderful way of creating diversity. Seeds are borne on the wind, in bird droppings or on animals' feet. Where they come to rest in an existing hedge, they can grow relatively undisturbed. So the more variety in a hedge, the older it is.

Choosing, Planting and Caring for a Native Hedge

Conservation Hedge Mix

Choosing Native Hedging

The first consideration is whether you want a mixed hedge or one with a single variety such as hawthorn or blackthorn. Up to you - the latter costs less, the former has more variety. If you want the hedge to be stockproof then make sure it includes blackthorn if you are worried about sheep. Buy native hedge plants bare-rooted, which is far cheaper than potted. They are also much easier to plant.

Planting a Mixed Native Hedge

Follow the instructions in our video on how to plant a country hedge. Remember to mix the plants randomly and then to plant them without paying attention to what is going next to what. The attraction of a native hedge is that it is… well… random. That is how nature works. You will absolutely need spirals and canes if you have rabbits nearby and we always recommend using Rootgrow. Unless you need a stock-proof hedge, plant at 3 plants per metre in a single row. If you have livestock, then mixed hedging should be planted at 5 plants per metre in a double row.

Water very well indeed after planting and make sure the soil does not dry out completely in the first spring and early summer. For the same reason, keep the ground under your new hedge clear of weeds until the plants cast enough shade to prevent weed growth themselves. Use an organic mulch after planting or plant through Mypex as shown in the film.

Native Hedge Aftercare

Most important is to make sure your hedge is watered and weed free until it is established. You will also need to reduce the height of your hedge plants by 50% on the day of planting. Then, the following winter, reduce all new growth by 50%. When your plants come into growth the following spring, each one should have 9-15 branches and you will have completed the creation of the short, powerful and bushy plants that are the foundation of a thick hedge. There is no other way to get native hedging to be bushy from the base upwards. After that, clip the sides when they are shaggy and the top as you see fit - with each trim you encourage new buds into growth making your hedge bushier.

For more detailed notes, apart from watching the videos mentioned above, have a look at our comprehensive hedging advice.

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  1. Acer campestre
    • 40 - 175cms Saplings
    • Native. Likes chalk.
    • Ideal country hedging.
    • Other Sizes: Larger Standard Trees.
    • Max. Height: 20m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.40

  2. Aesculus hippocastanum - 60-80cms Saplings
    • Conker tree. Fast growing, most soils.
    • Spreading. White cones of flowers.
    • Sizes: Saplings & Standards.
    • Max. Height: 35m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.50

  3. Decorative Hedging - Packs of 50 Plants

    • 40-60 cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Leaves & flowers provide year round colour.
    • Attracts wildlife.
    • Ideal garden hedging.
    • Any well drained soil except chalk.
    • Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar
    From £57.95

  4. Beech Hedging Plants - Packs of 50 bareroot plants
    • 3 sizes 80-150 cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Needs good drainage.
    • Holds leaves in winter.
    • Classic Formal hedging
    • Bareroot Delivery: Nov-April
    From £71.11

    • Size: up to 4 m
    • Soil: any
    • Use: country/environmental
    • Single Row: 3 per metre
    • Double Row: 5/m staggered
    • Colour: pink, white, red, autumn colours
    • Feature: attracts birds, beautiful, intruder proof
    • Flowering: spring and summer
    • Berries: autumn and winter
    From £42.00

  5. Buxus sempervirens - 15 - 40cms Bushes
    • Evergreen. Slow growing, tolerant of full shade.
    • Other Sizes: Dwarf.
    • Excellent formal hedging.
    • Max. Height: 8m
    • Year round delivery.
    From £1.22

  6. Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa
    • 15 - 30cms Pot-Grown Bushes
    • Evergreen. Slow growing, tolerant of full shade
    • Other Sizes: Pot-Grown & Bareroot common box
    • Ideal decorative, low hedging
    • Max. Height: 1m
    • Pot-Grown Delivery: All Year
    From £3.36

    Out of Stock

    • Sizes sold: 40-175 cm
    • Hedges: 1m to very tall
    • Soil: all soils
    • Use: Formal/Native
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Colour: green/brown
    • Feature: tolerant of damp, heavy soil and shade
    • RHS AGM
    From £0.45

  7. Coastal Hedging - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 50-80cms Bareroot Saplings.
    • Will thrive in sandy and salty sites.
    • 1 pack makes 16.5 metres of hedge.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £35.75

  8. Conservation Hedging - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 60-120cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Native. Qualifies for grant aid.
    • 50% Hawthorn
    • Any soil except waterlogged sites.
    • 1 pack makes 16.5 metres of hedge.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar
    From £23.51

  9. Cornus alba Elegantissima - 60 - 80cms Saplings

    • Red young stems. Variegated leaves.
    • Ornamental shrub.
    • Max. Height: 2m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    • RHS AGM
    From £1.65

  10. Cornus sanguinea - 40 - 120cms Saplings
    • Native. Red-purple young stems.
    • Ideal mixed country hedging.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Apr.
    From £0.40

    • Hedge Height: 1m upwards
    • Soil: all soils
    • Use: Country/eco hedging, coppicing, specimen tree
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Double Row: 5/m staggered, rows 40 cm apart
    • Colour: Bright Green
    • Fruit: edible nuts in autumn, catkins in February
    • Location: Shade tolerant
    From £0.49

  11. Corylus avellana maxima Filbert
    • 40 - 60 cms Saplings
    • Any moist soil.
    • Vigorous, bushy tree. Edible nuts.
    • Can be used as country hedging.
    • Max. Height: 10m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.82

    • Sizes sold: 40-150 cm
    • Height: 1m to 6m
    • Soil: all soils
    • Use: Thorny Informal Native Hedging
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Double row: 5/m
    • Very tough indeed
    From £0.34

  12. Cytisus scoparius - 40 - 60cms
    • Thick, bushsy, good for hedges and coastal planting.
    • Fixes nitrogen, lots of yellow flowers.
    • Max. Height: 4m
    • Pot-Grown Delivery Only: All Year
    From £3.20

    Out of Stock

  13. Mixed Native Hedging - Packs of 250 Plants
    • 40-60cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Native
    • Cheapest hedging mix.
    • 70% Hawthorn
    • 1 pack makes 83 metres of hedge.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar
    From £80.30

  14. Fruit & Nut Hedging - 50 Plants

    • 40-60cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Native, "hedgerow jam" crop.
    • Damson or wild pears, crabapples, hazel, blackberry, cherry plum.
    • Any soil except waterlogged sites.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Oct-Apr
    From £35.20

  15. Elspeth's Edible Hedging - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 40-60cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Varied mix of edible plants.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar
    From £46.20

  16. Euonymus europaeus - 40-120cms Saplings
    • Native.
    • Bright seeds & autumn leaves.
    • Sizes: Saplings only.
    • Hedging & screening
    • Max Height: 4m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar
    From £0.39

    • Size sold: 40-175 cm
    • Hedge: 1m to very tall
    • Soil: dislikes poor drainage
    • Use: Formal/Native
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Colour: green/brown
    • Great to add structure
    • RHS AGM
    From £0.79

    • Sizes sold: 40-175 cm
    • Final Height: 1m to very tall
    • Soil: well drained
    • Use: Formal/Native
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Double row: 5/m
    • Colour: purple
    From £1.02

  17. Crataegus monogyna - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 60 - 120cms Saplings
    • Native. Grows anywhere except a bog.
    • Other Sizes: Standard Trees & Larger / Smaller Saplings
    • Perfect country hedging
    • Max. Height: 15m
    • Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar
    From £15.13

  18. Carpinus betulus - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 80 - 150cms Saplings
    • Native. Tolerant of shade & damp soil
    • Ideal formal hedging, similar to beech
    • Other Sizes: Big trees & smaller saplings
    • Max. Height: 20m
    • Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar
    From £74.17

  19. Ilex aquifolium

    • Evergreen. Any soil with decent drainage.
    • Hardy, tolerates shade.
    • Good formal hedging.
    • Max. Height: 15m
    • Potted Delivery Only: All Year.
    • RHS AGM
    From £3.36

  20. Ilex aquifolium Alaska
    • 60 - 80 cms Pot-Grown holly
    • Evergreen. Any soil with decent drainage.
    • Hardy, tolerates shade.
    • Good formal hedging.
    • Max. Height: 15m
    • Guaranteed to berry
    From £3.09

  21. Ilex argentea Marginata

    • Variegated Evergreen. Any soil with decent drainage.
    • Hardy, tolerates shade.
    • Good formal hedging.
    • Max. Height: 10m
    • Female - Berried form
    • Potted Delivery: Year round.
    From £4.65

    • Size: to 3m
    • Soil: any, especially poor and dry
    • Use: as a tall hedge or wildlife cover
    • Single row: 3
    • Colour: green
    • Feature: berried
    • Flowering: May to June
    • Berries: November to January
    From £1.06

  22. Malus sylvestris - 40-120cms Saplings
    • Native tree, dense & bushy, pink-white flowers & hard fruit. Pollinates orchard apple trees.
    • Ideal hedging plant.
    • Max. Height: 10m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Apr.
    From £0.45

  23. Wildlife Habitat - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 30 - 80cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Mixed shrubs for creating shelter.
    • Not intended for hedging. Thornless.
    • Tolerant of shade & damp soil
    • Mostly evergreen plants
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £41.64

  24. Prunus cerasifera - 60-120cms Saplings
    • European, naturalised in UK
    • Edible fruit.
    • Sizes: Saplings & Standards
    • Good hedging & screening
    • Max Height: 10m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar
    From £0.60

  25. Prunus domestica
    • Up to a metre Saplings
    • Any fertile soil.
    • Vigorous, bushy tree. Edible fruit.
    • Good country hedging.
    • Other Sizes: Larger Standards.
    • Max. Height: 10m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.29

  26. Prunus padus - 40-150cms Saplings
    • Native. Bitter but edible fruit.
    • Used in mixed country hedges.
    • Sizes: Saplings & Standards.
    • Max. Height: 10m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.59

    • Height: up to 4m
    • Soil: not chalk
    • Use: Thorny barrier hedging
    • Single Row: 3/m
    • Colour: Green leaves, black branches
    • Flowers: creamy white, late Feb-March
    • Location: Shade tolerant
    From £0.34

  27. Rhamnus cathartica - 60-80cms Shrubs
    • Grows anywhere with decent drainage.
    • Good hedging & screening.
    • Max. Height: 6m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.05

  28. Rhamnus frangula - 60-80cms Saplings
    • Large, hardy native shrub.
    • Ideal for wet, peaty sites.
    • Good for hedging.
    • Max. Height: 7m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.85

  29. Rosa arvensis - 50 - 80cms Bushes
    • Native. Rambling habit.
    • Good for game cover & mixed country hedges.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.80

  30. Rosa canina - 40-80cms Saplings
    • Thorny, native wild rose.
    • Grows almost anywhere.
    • Good for mixed country hedging.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.33

  31. Rosa multiflora - 60-80cms Shrubs
    • All soils except chalk & coastal sites.
    • Good secure hedging.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.80

    Out of Stock

  32. Rosa pimpinellifolia - 60-80cms Shrubs
    • Native.
    • Best wild rose for dry / exposed sites.
    • Good secure hedging.
    • Max. Height: 2.5m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.70

  33. Rosa rubiginosa - 60-80cms Shrubs
    • Wild rose, vigorous. Scented leaves.
    • Grows on chalk & the coast.
    • Good for mixed country hedging.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.79

  34. Rubus fruticosus - 40 - 60cms Bushes

    • Native bramble. Blackberries in late summer.
    • Self fertile.
    • Good ground cover for wildlife.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.20

  35. Sambucus nigra - 60 - 80cms Saplings
    • Native. V. tough plant, grows anywhere.
    • Good for rough country hedging.
    • Flowers & berries are edible.
    • Max. Height: 6m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.65

  36. Sambucus nigra Aurea - 60-80cms Saplings
    • Rich yellow leaves, grows anywhere.
    • Rough screening plant.
    • Max. Height: 4m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.15

  37. Sorbus Aucuparia From £0.63

  38. Farm Hedging - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 60 - 80cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Mixed native hedging.
    • Safe for horses, cattle etc. No Blackthorn included.
    • 1 pack makes 16.5 metres of hedge.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £23.51

  39. Symphoricarpos x chenaultii - 40-60cms Shrubs
    • Tidy hedging plant.
    • White flowers & pretty pink berries.
    • Grows in full shade & any soil type.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.75

  40. Taxus baccata - 30 - 120cms Saplings
    • Native evergreen. V. hardy. Any well drained soil, any location.
    • Other Sizes: Larger Pot-Grown & Rootballed Plants
    • Perfect formal hedging
    • Max. Height: 20m
    • Year round delivery.
    From £2.02

  41. Taxus baccata- 80 - 160 cms Rootballed Trees
    • Native evergreen. V. hardy. Any well drained soil, any location
    • Other Sizes: Smaller Bareroot & Pot-Grown Plants
    • Perfect formal hedging.
    • Max. Height: 20m
    • Rootballed Delivery: Nov-Mar
    From £14.25

  42. Thornless Hedging - Packs of 50 Plants
    • 60 - 80cms Bareroot Saplings
    • Mixed native, thornless hedging.
    • Safe for children.
    • 1 pack makes 16.5 metres of hedge.
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £38.23

  43. Ulex europaeus - 30-50cms Saplings
    • Native. Thorny. Yellow flowers.
    • Rough hedging. Fixes nitrogen.
    • Good for dry, poor soil & the coast.
    • Max. Height: 3m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £2.79

  44. Ulmus glabra - 60-80cms Saplings
    • Big native tree.
    • Ideal for dry soil & cold spots.
    • Good for hedging.
    • Max. Height: 30m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £1.40

  45. Viburnum lantana - 40-120cms Shrubs
    • Good hedging. Crimson autumn leaves.
    • Grows on chalk.
    • Max. Height: 5m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.42

  46. Viburnum opulus - 40-120cms Shrubs
    • Good country hedging or specimen shrub.
    • Grows on chalk and very damp sites.
    • Max. Height: 4m
    • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
    From £0.44

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