Planting a hedge beside a fence, wall, or garden structure? Here’s our guide to planting distances.
When planting a hedge beside a fence, wall or other structure you need to be sure that the plants will have room to grow. Our guide to optimum planting distances is easy to follow and will help to ensure that your new hedge will be happy and healthy.
Small, compact hedges
Traditionally used in garden design to delineate areas, edge paths and borders or create amazing knot gardens. Typically, these hedges are maintained at up to 30 -50 cm in height. Good choices for small compact hedges include:
Box Hedging - Buxus sempervirens
Box hedge plants, also known as Buxus sempervirens, is one of the most commonly sold hedging species. It has small, glossy green foliage and a compact growing habit. Because of its dense nature Buxus sempervirens makes the ideal choice for edging, topiary and formal hedges.
Box Leaf Honeysuckle Hedge, also known as Lonicera nitida is a dense, evergreen hedging species that has small scented white flowers in the spring and small glossy green foliage and purple berries in the autumn. Because of it's fast growing habit and ornate foliage, Lonicera nitida is ideal for topiary and formal hedges. This hardy evergreen is a great substitution to Box hedging.
Compact Laurel Hedge, also known as Prunus laur. 'Otto Luyken' is a dense, hardy evergreen hedging species that provides interest year round with an abundance of fragrant white flowers in the spring, glossy dark green pointed foliage and black berries in the autumn that are a hit with birds. Because of it's compact low growing habit, Prunus laur. 'Otto Luyken' is perfect for low growing hedges.
Euonymus Jean Hughes -Euonymus japonicus Jean Hughes
Euonymus 'Jean Hugues' Hedge is a popular evergreen hedging species, with small glossy green foliage and a compact growing habit. Because of its dense nature Euonymus 'Jean Hugues' makes the ideal choice for edging, topiary and formal hedges. This hardy evergreen is a great alternative to Box hedging.