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How to Choose and Plant the Right Hedge

Hedges can make great boundary markers. Giving more colour and arguably more interest than a fence, if you’d like something a little greener to mark your boundary with than garden fencing, a hedge is a great option.

You do need to think carefully about your goals for your hedging, however, and plant accordingly. Not sure what to plant or how? Get in contact with a specialist in landscape gardening to create a beautiful hedge boundary for you! 

The Benefits of Hedges as Boundary Markers

Hedges are a great choice as boundary markers. If pruned correctly, they can offer colour year-round. They’re also great options for privacy and for security, depending on the type of hedge you decide to plant. 

If you like to see wildlife in your garden, hedges are also an excellent planting choice, regardless of whether you use them to mark the boundary of your property or elsewhere in your garden. By planting a hedge, you’ll likely attract at the very least birds and insects, and if you’re very lucky, depending on what land surrounds you, you might also attract wildlife such as hedgehogs, squirrels and possibly even deer; although beware, hedges make a tasty treat for deer! 

Name your Hedge Goals

When thinking about planting a hedge as a boundary marker, it’s important to think about what you’re trying to achieve with the fence. Do you want it to give you privacy? If so, you’ll want a variety which is relatively dense in its growth and foliage. Are you trying to keep intruders out of your garden? In this case, you might want to opt for a thornier variety which will deter people from trying to scale it.

You may also want to choose your hedging for its colour, or even as a way of attracting hedgerow wildlife and birds. Regardless of your hedge goals, a good specialist in landscape gardening services will be able to advise what to plant and can also get stuck in with actually planting it for you, to give your new hedging the best possible start in life. 

Which Hedge Should you Plant?

Which hedge you should plant depends on what goals you’ve identified. There’s no point in planting a very sparse variety of hedge if you’re after privacy, for example! With this in mind, here are our top hedges for various outcomes: 

Hedges for Privacy:


  • Rosa Rugosa – a rose variety which is a beautiful flowering hedge which has fast and dense growth and is slightly thorny.
  • Yew – a native British favourite which forms a dense, formal, evergreen hedge.
  • Beech – great for year-round privacy, as if pruned correctly, the leaves will remain even during the winter months.

Hedges for Security:

  • Holly – everyone’s favourite prickly Christmas plant makes for an excellent security hedge. It can be trimmed to become very dense, making it almost impenetrable.
  • Pyracantha – a great security option because of its thorny branches, but which often brings bursts of colour via its berries.

Hedges for Wildlife and Birds:


  • Hawthorn – a pretty choice due to its early blossoming white flowers, great for birds and wildlife thanks to the red haws in the autumn.
  • Elder – with fragrant flowers in late spring and black elderberries in early autumn, this hedge will bring plenty of birds to your garden.
  • Cherry Plum – a great choice for wildlife value thanks to their edible fruits which ripen in late summer.

Getting your Hedging Right: Use a Specialist in Landscape Gardening

Of course, there’s no point in investing in stunning new hedging if you aren’t sure how best to plant it or maintain it. It’s therefore imperative that you take advice from a specialist in landscape gardening and have them install the hedging for you. Here at D&G Garden World, we have plenty of experience in planting and maintaining beautiful hedging for all types of gardens and for all types of reasons. Get in touch to see how we can help you to obtain your hedge goals!