I want to plant a hedge, but I'm not sure what to plant in my garden?
Is it that you would like a native hedge, where you will have berries that will become food for birds and hedgehogs? If this was the case you could choose something like whitethorn, blackthorn or holly and it will also provide a windbreak for you in your garden.
Or would you like something that's just for windbreak but you want it to be evergreen with leaves all year round. If this is the case then you could choose something like Laurel, Privet, Griselinia, Buxus (Box), Yew,
Is it that you like to see your hedge changing through the seasons, Whitethorn, Beech, Hornbeam and Ribes (flowering currant) are all hedges that loose their leaf during the winter months, and are what's known as decideous plants.
From November to March is a great time to purchase and plant your hedge the reason being that you can buy plants which have bare roots. This simply means that there is no pot or compost, it's just the plant with roots. It is transplanted from my garden to yours without letting the roots dry out. This means that you are paying a lot less for your plant, for example a laurel in a pot might cost you €5, but as a bare rooted plant it is only €2. You might think that there's not much in the difference, but if you are buying a hundred plants then it is a saving of €300.
There are lots of plants that can be used for hedging and the majority of them can be purchased bare root from now on, including Whitethorn, Beech, Laurel, Griselina, Berberis, Escallonia, Hornbeam to mention but a few. There are a few exceptions to this such as Red Robin and Portugese Laurel, both of which are evergreen but can only be purchased as potted plants
If you are not sure what is the bests plant for your garden, the email Lynda firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to answer any questions that you have. Rockbarton Garden Centre is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and we'd be happy to help you pick the right hedge for your garden, Happy Gardening Lynda