Tips for choosing hedging plants:
- Any shrub that has dense, branched growth and short internodes (the length of stem between the leaves) should be suitable for a hedge.
- Ideally, select an evergreen, or choose a deciduous shrub with enough twiggy growth to maintain the structure when its leaves have fallen for the winter.
- A shrub that responds to pruning by producing new side shoots from young or old wood is usually a good choice.
- Choose a shrub that retains good leaf cover to ground level and does not get leggy with age.
- Do not skimp on cost. A hedge is a long-term investment, and it is much better to get it right than compromise on cost.
- Plant the best stock you can find. Healthy, vigorous plants will give you the effect you are looking for more quickly.
- Bigger is not always better. Large plants may take longer to establish themselves in the soil and resume top growth.