Top 10 Evergreen Hedges – Part One

King and Co The Tree Nursery’s top ten evergreen hedges!

When considering which plant to use for an evergreen hedge a number of factors need to be considered. How easy to establish are they? Will they create a nice, all year round screen? Can we plant them near buildings? Do they suffer from any disease problems? How much do they cost? Will they be pleasing to the eye? How much maintenance will they require? How reliable are they? Can we plant them on our type of soil? What sort of height can we plant them at? That’s all the important questions. Below we have listed the top evergreen hedges.

Holly, Thuja, Portuguese Laurel foliage.
(From Left) Holly, Thuja and Portuguese Laurel.


There are a number of different hollies suitable for hedging. The native holly is very popular with its glossy, sharp, spiky leaves and dependant on whether you have male or female plants, you will get a great display of red berries. Berries are an important food source for the bird population and hedge cuttings can be handy for Christmas decorations. The big advantage holly has over others is its shade-loving properties. It will thrive where others require full sun and remain valuable in any planting scheme. However, holly is relatively slow growing and is often discounted for that reason. Here is our comprehensive guide to Holly trees.


Western red cedar comes in several varieties and is valuable as a slower growing conifer hedge. Less well known than other conifer hedges, Thuja will survive on clay soils and can provide a completely compact hedge when regularly trimmed. Also provides a valuable habitat for nesting birds. Plant at 1m intervals.

Portuguese laurel

Has a much smaller bluish leaf than English laurel and has a slower growth rate. However, there are few hedges that can match the majestic sight of a mature Portuguese laurel. Also valued as a very compact hedge which can be located in tighter situations. Does not require a great deal of maintenance once established although slightly more expensive than others. Click here to view our range of Portuguese laurel, Prunus lusitanica.

Cupressocyparis leylandii – Leyland Cypress trees.


Despite its bad press, Leylandii remains one of the top sellers in the UK, primarily for its rapid growth rate and instant screening. Stories of monster size structures only surface where a lack of maintenance is apparent. Kept trimmed twice yearly leylandii will not provide any issues. Another hedge that is often overlooked for its nesting habitat and due to mass production is very reasonably priced. Click here to view our range of Leylandii hedging avaialable at our Tree Nursery based in Essex.


There are a couple of different privet which are often used as a boundary hedge. They have the advantage of being available as bareroot plants making them very much cheaper than rootballed or containerised specimens. Planted in a double row privet will thicken nicely into a solid evergreen boundary. Shiny green, smallish leaf.

Read part two here.

Read More:
Leylandii: What you need to know
King and Co’s top 10 screening trees
How to create and instant hedge

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