Top 10 Evergreen Hedges – Part Two

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

Read part one here.

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.

English Laurel


Although English laurel is not always chosen for an evergreen hedge, it is one of very few that ticks all the boxes. Its one of the most economic methods of creating an instant screen and is available upto 3m in height. It can generally be planted close to buildings, is quite a fast grower, and can be clipped hard with a hedge cutter twice a year. It’s quite at home in many different environments including rural and urban property and is easy to establish. After watering regularly throughout the first growing season, it will then look after itself. Our laurel stock can be viewed here.


Will make a fabulous evergreen hedge and thrive in most soils. Yew is seen as a traditional English plant that is most in keeping with older country properties as well as being quite at home in the urban environment. Often supplied rootballed, straight from the field at sizes up to 2m. However, if you decide to choose Yew for your hedge you should be aware of the potential difficulties that can occur post planting. Yew is very sensitive to over watering. Use a professional for your installation work. Our reasons why Yew should be used when creating a hedge

Euonymous Collage


Choose from a number of different types, green, variegated different combinations. A medium growth habit and reliable plant, euonymus can be installed at one plant per metre to establish an evergreen hedge that will require very little maintenance. Available in 3, 5 or 10 litre pots, this plant is available at sizes to suit any budget. View our range of Euonymus here.


For a hedge that will not grow above 3m when mature, Viburnum Tinus is a most reliable of plants. When planted at the rate of two plants per linear metre it will soon grow into a solid boundary hedge. White/pink flowers will reward you through the winter months. Dark green glossy leaves and a dense growth habit enable Viburnum Tinus to quickly add form and interest to your garden.


A large spiky evergreen plant which is also known as Firethorn. A fast growing hedge that is particularly valuable where deterring intruders is a consideration. Another plant that provides winter interest and berries for the birds. Pyracantha will grow in almost any soil and will benefit from a twice-yearly trim. Always wear thick gloves when handling pyracantha!

Read More:
How to create and instant hedge
Our reasons why Yew should be used when creating a hedge
What is a native hedge?
A Buyer’s guide to Oak trees

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