04 November 2013 | Posted in Gardening by
Its time to plant that hedge!
November is an ideal time to get that hedge planted!
Hedges in gardens are much nicer to look at than a wooden fence, they create a softer more wildlife friendly boundary and depending on variety they can provide a great seasonal display of flowers, berries and autumn colour.
Bare root hedging plants are relatively cheap, easy to plant and most will quite quickly form an attractive structural boundary around your garden. They can be tightly clipped for formal boundaries with varieties such as Privet and Yew or informal such as Cotoneaster franchetii or Rosa rubiginosa to give a more natural look for screening and windbreaks.
Prickly varieties such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Berberis make a great security barrier round your property. Cornus sanguinea gives a superb show in autumn when the leaves turn a brilliant red matched only by the brightness of the red winter stems once leaves have fallen. Hard pruning each spring produces the best winter stems.
Potentilla fruticosa is a pretty long flowering plant producing masses of bright buttercup-yellow flowers from late spring to autumn. It makes a lovely dense, informal flowering hedge, and thrives even in poor soil in full sun and is good for windy locations. For the best low formal or dividing hedge go for Buxus (Common Box) it is a slow growing evergreen shrub with small glossy dark green leaves. Its dense habit makes it the perfect plant for hedging and it is the ideal candidate for clipping as topiary too.
Planting distances vary from 30-60cm/1-2ft depending on the variety and the size of hedge required. For a denser hedge such as privet plant a staggered double row with 38cm/15in between rows and 45cm/18ins between plants.