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MIXED NATIVE HEDGING

Mixed Native Hedging. Go to Top of Page

Young Mixed Native Hedge and Beech HedgeMixed native hedges are a common sight in the British countryside and are part of our rich heritage. Many have been destroyed in recent years to enable larger machinery to be used on farms. This has meant a reduction in habitat for many wild creatures which are beneficial. Fortunately, many old hedges are being restored and new ones planted, and even if you only have a relatively small garden a native hedge can look very attractive, especially if you back onto open fields.

A native hedge can be kept to a formal shape if clipped regularly, or it can be left to have a wilder look. However cared for, the fact that it is a mixture of plants gives it plenty of interest at different times of the year.

We will select a mixture of native species normally found in established country hedges.

Bare Rooted Seedlings: About half the mixture will be 2-3ft (60-90cm) seedling Quickthorn and the balance selected from 2-3ft (60-90cm) seedling Alder Buckthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple and Spindle, and 16-24ins (40-60cm) Dog Rose, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Hazel and Sweet Briar Rose. Occasionally, we may substitute 2-3ft (60-90cm), Alder Common, Common Buckthorn and 1.5-2ft (45-60cm) Wayfaring Tree, or other native hedging plants.

Bare Rooted Transplants (click here for more details): the mixture will be from the following 2-3ft transplants: Quickthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Blackthorn, Common Buckthorn, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Hazel, Spindle and Sweet Briar Rose. Occasionally we may substitute Alder Common, Sea Buckthorn, Wild Privet or other native hedging plants.

Cell Grown Plants (click here for more details), ideal for planting from April to October when bare rooted plants can't be planted. Available in packs of 10, each pack containing 5 Quickthorn, 1 Blackthorn, 1 Dog Rose, 1 Field Maple, 1 Dogwood and 1 Hazel.

For every 10 yard length of hedge we recommend 25 plants (10 metres = 27 plants), giving an average planting distance of 14ins (35cm) between plants, but be guided by the planting distances listed for individual varieties. For a denser or stock-proof hedge we recommend a double row planted 20ins (50cm) apart, 15ins (38cm) between rows, that is 36 plants for a 10 yard length (40 plants for a 10 metre length)

Minimum order for Mixed Native Hedging:
10 plants (bare rooted plants)
or 1 pack of 10 (cell grown plants)
 

Price per plant for

Calculate how many plants required for a length of hedge
10+ 50+ 250+ 1000+
 Seedlings £0.62 £0.46 £0.42 £0.40
 Transplants £0.94 £0.72 £0.65 £0.61
 

Price per pack of 10 for

 
1+ 5+ 50+ 250+
 Cell Grown £11.45 £10.75 £9.95 POA



Horse Friendly Hedging. NewGo to Top of Page

We are frequently asked for a hedge suitable for equestrine use, so we have put together a collection of mainly native plants which, if grazed by horses, should cause no harm. The plants will need protecting from the horses until they are fully established, as with any hedge. The hedge will give interest all year round and will be beneficial to many species of wildlife. If pruned correctly, fed and kept well watered it will grow quite rapidly so it will soon offer protection from the elements. The plants in the hedge will be approximately 50% Quickthorn and the balance selected from Cherry Plum, Dog Rose, Dogwood, Field Maple, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Hornbeam and Rose Hedging (Rose Sweet Briar or Rosa Rugosa). A short hedge will have fewer different species than a long one. The plants will be mainly 2-3ft (60-90cm) either seedlings or transplants.

For every 10 yard length of hedge we recommend 25 plants (10 metres = 27 plants), giving an average planting distance of 14ins (35cm) between plants, but be guided by the planting distances listed for individual varieties. For a denser or stock-proof hedge we recommend a double row planted 20ins (50cm) apart, 15ins (38cm) between rows, that is 36 plants for a 10 yard length (40 plants for a 10 metre length)

Minimum order for Horse Friendly Hedging
10 plants (bare rooted plants)
 

Price per plant for

Calculate how many plants required for a length of hedge
10+ 50+ 250+ 1000+
 Seedlings £0.62 £0.46 £0.42 £0.39
 Transplants £0.94 £0.72 £0.66 £0.62



A TAPESTRY HEDGE. Go to Top of Page

A Tapestry Hedge is a hedge comprising of different shades of green with splashes of colour interspersed between. It works really well where there is nothing but the hedge, as it makes the hedge colourful without losing its formality. If used with a planted bed in front, the colourful tones in the hedge can be carried down into the planting bed.

The basic green plants in the hedge will be Green Beech (2-3ft/60-90cm), Hornbeam (2-3ft/60-90cm) and Field Maple (2-3ft/60-90cm), which should be planted in groups of at least five. The hedge would be interspersed with two Golden Privet (2-3ft/60-90cm), two Purple Beech (2-3ft/60-90cm) and one Cotoneaster franchetii (1.5-2ft/45-60cm). The first 20ft (7m) of hedge would therefore contain 5 Green Beech, 2 Golden Privet, 5 Hornbeam, 2 Purple Beech, 5 Field Maple and 1 Cotoneaster. For hedges 3ft upwards plant 1ft apart. We may occasionally substitute equally suitable plants in this Tapestry Hedge.

 


Minimum order of 20 plants 
to cover a distance of 20ft (7m).
 

Price per
plant for

Calculate how many plants required for a length of hedge
20+ 50+ 250+
  £0.99 £0.86 £0.81


EDIBLE HEDGING. Go to Top of Page

Traditionally countryfolk gathered 'food for free' from woods and hedgerows and there are some fascinating receipes to be found for such fares as Hawthorn Suet Roll made using green hawthorn buds! More usual are sloes from blackthorn, nuts from hazel, rose hips from roses. All the following varieties produce edible fruits:- Amelanchier, Berberis, Blackthorn, Cornelian Cherry, Elder, Elaeagnus ebbingei, Hazel, Japanese Quince, Myrobalan Plum, Quickthorn, Rugosa Roses and Sea Buckthorn. Blackberries can be grown to ramble in existing hedges and raspberries can be planted in a new hedge where they will carry fruit if in a sunny position. Almost all fruit trees can be planted in or alongside a hedge, as well as wild cherries and crab apples.

An edible hedge can be an informal mix of plants, in which case an interesting and informal hedge will be formed, or a single species such as Berberis darwinii can be planted and clipped to a formal shape. With all species you will attract wildlife. Single species are listed in the catalogue, or we can offer our own special mixed edible hedge.

 

Mixed Edible Hedging The basic hedge is 20 plants for a 30ft hedge (9m) and will consist of 5 Rugosa Rose and 5 Blackthorn with the balance made up from 2 Amelanchier, 2 Cornelian Cherry, 2 Hazel, 2 Myrobalan Plum and 2 Quickthorn, all 2-3ft (60-90cm) transplants exept Myrobalan Plum which will be 2-3ft (60-90cm) seedlings. This will be an attractive hedge with flower, fruit and some good autumn colouring and will be suitable for hedges 4-6ft (120-180cm) high.


Minimum order of 20 plants 
to cover a distance of 30ft (9m). 
 

Price per plant for

Calculate how many plants required for a length of hedge
20+ 50+ 250+
 2-3ft £1.20 £1.06 £0.99



A Hedge with Two Faces

This 'Hedge with Two Faces' has two values, firstly to create a stock-proof barrier and secondly to give food and shelter to wildlife. To achieve this, the inner face of the hedge which faces into the field with grazing stock should be Quickthorn/Hawthorn, planted 8-12ins (20-30cm) apart. This will need to be well clipped to keep it stock-proof. The outer face should be planted about 7ft (2m) away and this should consist of a variety of species such as Hazel, Blackthorn and Common Buckthorn. In this should also be planted some small trees such as Common Alder, Mountain Ash and Crab Apple. This face should be left to grow less formally, letting the trees develop, as this will provide food and shelter for wildlife.


Hedgerow Fruit Trees

At one time our country hedges were full of wild and cultivated fruit trees making them attractive in blossom, yielding fruit in season and providing a valuable food source for wildlife. We would, therefore, suggest that when you plant a native hedge you intersperse a few fruit trees in it, tagging them clearly so they do not get damaged when trimming the hedge. Particularly appropriate would be Crab Apple, Common Pear and Hazel, although named varieties of any of these would be suitable as well.


Native Tree Collection. Go to Top of Page

We are offering this collection of native trees either to plant in existing hedges, to intersperse in new hedges, or to plant in mixed copses. Native trees, especially Oak, can make a valuable contribution to wildlife habitat and some will have an economic value as a source of home grown hardwood.

The basic collection of five trees will be the varieties Common Alder (4-5ft/120-150cm), Wild Cherry (4-5ft/120-150cm), ,English Oak (4-5ft/120-150cm), Mountain Ash (4-5ft/120-150cm) and Field Maple (4-5ft/120-150cm). For orders of 5 or more collections, we shall increase the number of varieties in the collection of 5 trees to include Ash (4-5ft/120-150cm), and Bird Cherry (4-5ft/120-150cm).

Occasionally we may substitute other varieties of native trees. If a customer specifies we can include any native poplars or willows, or the Wild Cherry can be substituted into the basic collection.


 

Price per collection for

 
1+ 5+ 250+
 Without
 tree shelters
£9.25 £7.95 POA
 With 1.2m (4ft)
 tree shelters
£20.25 £18.95 POA



ALL SEASONS INTEREST HEDGES

We have made up two carefully selected collections of plants which will give you interest all the year round. Their growth habit is such that planted together at 60cm (2ft) intervals they will develop into a dense screen 1.2-1.8m (4-6ft) high, giving interest all year round. They could be used as a hedge or a background for a flower bed. Alternatively, if planted further apart and allowed to grow to their full size, they would make an interesting mixed shrubbery. Some of the ornamental shrubs listed in the ornamental shrubs section would make interesting additions to these collections.
Occasionally, when stocks of a variety run out, we will substitute a similar variety to keep the collection equally attractive. At the end of the season, we may substitute a smaller pot grown plant for some of the bare-rooted items.


Soft Hues Collection (Soft Hues Collection). Go to Top of Page

A wonderful selection of deciduous plants which will give interest with flowers or foliage all year. In late winter into spring the first flowers to open will be on the Winter Honeysuckle with its 3/4 inch (2cm) long, scented, creamy-white flowers. Then will follow the snowy-white flowers and attractive spring leaf colouring of the Amelanchier, followed by the very many clusters of pale-pink flowers of Deutzia Mont Rose.

In summer the air will be filled with the delicious fragrance of the Mock Orange (Philadelphus Coronarius). In the autumn, the leaves of the Amelanchier will give hues of red, orange and yellow, then all will fall to let the dainty white tinged pink heavily-scented flowers of the Viburnum fragrans show their beauty throughout the winter days.
A collection of 5 plants covers a length of approximately 3m (10ft)

 

Price per collection for

 
1+ 5+ 50+
  £11.95 £10.75 POA



Evergreen and Ever-Interesting Collection. Go to Top of Page

Many evergreen hedges/screens, especially some varieties of conifers, have little seasonal change, but this collection will give contrasts and interest throughout the year.

In May the Berberis darwinii will burst into flower with its rich orange flowers, closely followed by the large bunches of white flowers on the Cotoneaster franchetii, and Pyracantha Orange Glow. Whilst bees continue to buzz and collect nectar from the Cotoneaster, the dainty pink flowers of the Escallonia Donard Seedling will start to appear, and these will persist throughout the summer.

All the year the Photinia fraseri Red Robin will enliven the hedge with its splashes of red on the new foliage. Come autumn, bunches of bright orange berries will be found on the Pyracantha, red berries on the Cotoneaster and blue-black barberries on the Berberis. The barberries you can eat or leave for food for wildlife; and eventually all the other berries will provide more food for birds. During the winter months Viburnum tinus will be displaying its flat heads of white flowers which have opened from pink buds. We may occasionally substitute equally suitable plants in this collection.

A collection of 6 plants covers a length of approximately 4m (12ft)


 

Price per
collection for

 
1+ 5+ 50+
  £14.95 £14.25 POA



Butterfly and Bee Collection. NewGo to Top of Page

Butterflies and bees have declined in numbers recently so conservation bodies are stressing how important it is for gardeners to help them thrive and hopefully expand in numbers. Many insects are important for the ecosystems of our gardens, bees being particularly good as pollinators and butterflies, if nothing else, are extraordinarily beautiful. We have put together a collection of shrubs and perennials which will help attract bees and butterflies into your garden for much of the time they are most active.

Buddleja (Butterfly Bush), a magnet to butterflies in late spring.
Cotoneaster lacteus bees love the flowers in spring, birds the berries in autumn.
Hall's Prolific Honeysuckle both bees and butterflies love this in summer.
Marjoram both bees and butterflies love this free spreading herb.
Sedum late summer and early autumn very attractive to butterflies.

Collection A. 5 plants: One each of the above.
Collection B. 11 plants: One each of Buddleja and Cotoneaster and 3 each of the others.

 

Price per collection for

Calculate how many plants required for a length of hedge
1+ 5+ 50+
 Col. A £11.45 £10.45 £9.75
 Col. B £18.95 £17.45 POA



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