Hedging Plants


(May need occasional pruning)

Berberis stenophylla .An evergreen shrub with dark foliage and arching stems covered in yellow flowers in spring. Prune the flowering shoots after flowering.

Berberis thiinbergii – ‘Atropurpurea Nana’. Suitable for dwarf hedging, it requires no pruning at all. The purple foliage is deciduous and there may be a few autumn berries.

Cotoneaster lacteal. A vigorous evergreen shrub that produces long arching sprays of white flowers in spring, but more importantly a generous crop of autumn berries. This is a very informal hedge and the tidy gardener will have to resist pruning during summer lest you lose all the berries.

Escallonia. This is a useful seaside evergreen shrub that makes an excellent hedge. It does not seem to survive happily inland. Prune after flowering to keep neat. The flowers are basically in shades of pink and there are several named cultivars.

Forsythia intermedia. Not always considered for hedging. It can be clipped, but is best treated informally, pruning out flowering shoots immediately after flowering.

Lavandula spica – Common lavender. This thrives on chalky soils and likes a well-drained position in full sun. Cut the flowering stalks hard back after flowering.

Potentilla fruticosa. This is a neat dwarf shrub that can be planted as an informal hedge. The yellow flowers carry on through most of the summer and it prefers a sunny site.

Rhododendron ponticum. This is perhaps too vigorous for the small garden as the spread can be enormous, but it provides an effective screen if this is what is required.

Rosa rugosa. It has a vigorous suckering habit and thorns that deter intruders. The foliage is a fresh green and fragrant purplish-rose flowers are followed by bright red fruits in autumn.

Santolina chamaecyparissus. Cotton lavender has grey woolly foliage and yellow button-like flowers. Responds to pruning.

Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus) Radier vigorous, but can be contained. It is evergreen and has flowers which arrive in October and continue until March.


(Need clipping)

Buxus sempervirens – Common box. Can be clipped to shape and forms a low edging to old-fashioned herb borders.

Carpinus betulus – Common hornbeam. Makes a neat deciduous hedge. Often planted with beech. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Green Hedger’ A form of the Lawson Cypress that makes a neat rich green screen.

Cotoneaster simonsii. Verging on the informal, this cotoneastcr can be clipped and produces red autumn berries.

Crataegus monogyna. Common hawthorn. Extensively used as a hedge. Has thorny branches that deter intruders. The flowers are white in spring and in autumn there is a chance of some red ‘haws’.

Fagus sylvatica – Common beech. As a tree, would reach enormous proportions, but can be an attractive hedge with the dry leaves hanging on through winter. Allow die plants to grow to the height required and then cut out the leader – the side shoots will fill out in due course.

Ilex aquifolium ‘J. C. van Tol’ A cultivar of the common holly, it has shining green leaves, is almost spineless and produces crops of red fruits.

Ligustrum ovalifolium – Common privet. About the most boring of all formal hedging, it is planted too frequently. The golden-leaved and variegated forms are more attractive if used informally.

Lonicera nitida – Honeysuckle A quick-growing small-leaved evergreen that is as much used as privet and takes much goodness out of the soil.

Taxus baccata – Common yew. This forms a dense dark evergreen hedge that looks the most formal of all hedging.


For the pond itself, the garden planner is advised to visit a specialist grower who will recommend suitable plants for local conditions. These will include waterlilies, the colours of which can be left to personal choice, and other plants for the varying depths of water in the water garden.

The list below includes suitable subjects for the pondside:

Astilbe – In colours ranging from creamy white to pink and red.

Caltha palustris ‘Flore Pleno’ – The marsh marigold. Orange yellow flowers in spring, about 15cm (6ins) tall.

Filipendula ulmaria – Common meadowsweet that has a variety ‘Aurea’ with yellow foliage.

Glyceria aquatalis – ‘Variegata’ A variegated grass with attractive 60-cm (2-ft) foliage that likes moisture or can be planted in the water.

Hosta– There are so many to choose from that a personal selection will have to be made. They thrive by water and are extremely effective.

Iris kaempferi – This species is happy in damp, but not too wet lime-free soil. Blue or purple flowers.

Ligularia clivorum – ‘Desdemona’ has purple leaves and 1.2-m (4-ft) spikes of orange flowers.

Lythrum salicaria – Several named cultivars enjoy the moist soil of the pondside. The colours are pink to rose red.

Rodgersia pinnata Green or bronze foliage.

Scrophularia aquatica ‘Variegata’ Brightly variegated foliage from spring to autumn.

Trollius europaeus – globe flower. A herbaceous perennial with delightful yellow flowers in spring.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum Lily) This can be grown outside, if the crown is protected in winter.

31. May 2013 by admin
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