Hedging and Screening Plants

Plants that provide privacy, sound insulation, or wind protection are known as hedging or screening plants.

Even unique border patterns, including homes on slope blocks and curving borders, can be expanded and progressively shaped.

Hedge plants can be sculpted and pruned into a variety of sizes and forms to attract attention and provide a striking garden feature. Hedge plants can also be used for decoration.

Topiary hedges, for instance, are a common feature in both classic and contemporary English-style gardens, where they act as an ever-changing sculpture.

Box hedge plants are frequently used to create borders around specific garden areas.

Choosing a suitable hedge plant will depend on your location – some hedging plants work better than others in different climates, although all are relatively hardy by nature. You may be surprised at the number of different choices available.

Quick tips to maintain a hedge

  • Plant in a trench rather than individual holes, and allow one plant per metre on average (closer for a low hedge or if using little plants). Increase your water and fertiliser use to make up for close planting.
  • Tip: For a bushy, dense hedge, trim sparingly and frequently early on. Trim the sides and tops.
  • The highest point at which you can prune a hedge without using a ladder is a suitable height for them.

See more guides to maintaining your hedge below


Hedge care articles

Plants that make great hedges