| Hedge & Hedging Plants from Hedges Direct|
Hedges Direct are a specialist grower of a huge range of hedging plants, in all sizes from 30cm to 3m. We stock bare roots, cell grown plants, pot grown shrubs and root ball hedge plants so whether you want deciduous or evergreen hedging, cheap garden hedging or top of the range instant hedging, fine topiary, trees or lawn turf you’ve found the right company.
Conifer Hedging Plants
We’re often asked by new customers what the definition of a conifer actually is and why they make such great hedges. Firstly, conifer literally means ‘cone-bearer’ which is where the name originates from. You can identify a conifer plant by its needle like, almost scaly foliage. The majority of conifers are evergreen and are often planted for their resin producing benefits, but we rate them for their dense, brightly coloured foliage and often fragrant scent.
Popular fast growing conifer hedgingOur fast growing conifers are particularly popular, with Leylandii conifers being the fastest growing of all (and quick growing conifer, Western Red Cedar coming in at a close second.) The average leylandii hedge growth rate is 75-90cm a year - ideal for those needing to achieve a tall hedge quickly. Its important to note that, although a common concern amongst new gardeners, we can confidently say our customers do not experience any leylandii hedging problems when the correct pruning and maintenance is carried out. In fact, we think the somewhat negative opinion of leyalndii is unjust and with regular pruning (they dont require much more than the popular laurel hedge) leylandii conifer hedges make a great addition to most planting schemes.
To read more about conifer hedge height law, go to our blog page where we explain the legalities surrounding high hedge disputes and hedging conifers.
Conifer hedge problemsIf you notice your conifer hedge turning brown, it is important to identify the cause. Brown patches are mainly triggered from poorly timed pruning, i.e. pruning a conifer in summer when it has been consistently dry or hot. We advise regular pruning of your conifer hedging plants in April, June or early August. As always, if there are long periods of drought please ensure your hedging is watered generously on a regular basis.
Types of conifer hedgeThere are nearly 600 species of conifers, including the well-known fir, pine, cypress, yew, cedar and spruce. The best conifer hedging plants can be found in this section and are from the cypress, yew and cedar family. We recommend planting conifer hedging when a dense, evergreen screen is required. Conifers help to reduce noise pollution; provide protection from strong winds and make a thick screen for either creating a private area or hiding unsightly views i.e. your neighbours tatty shed!
Browse our selection of conifer hedging plants using the table of images above, or take a look at our evergreen hedging department for alternative options.