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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. 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  Inc VAT

    • 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  Inc VAT

    • 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 £1.80  Inc VAT

  2. 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  Inc VAT

  3. 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  Inc VAT

    • 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 £1.92  Inc VAT

  4. 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  Inc VAT

  5. 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  Inc VAT

  6. 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 £3.90  Inc VAT

  7. 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 £4.74  Inc VAT

  8. 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 £8.34  Inc VAT

    Out of Stock

  9. 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  Inc VAT

  10. 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  Inc VAT

  11. Taxus baccata - 30 - 60cms barerooted plants

    From £4.92  Inc VAT

  12. 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  Inc VAT

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