If you’re wrapped up warm, it’s lovely to be out in the garden, and one of the easiest jobs to do now is planting a hedge. I’m not talking about big, heavy hedge plants, but bare-root hedging, the cheapest quickest and easiest hedge to plant.
They don’t look very promising at this time of year, leaf-less sticks the width of a pencil with a bunch of roots on the end. They’ll take off in early spring and romp away.
How to plant:
Buy bare-root hedging in bundles at good nurseries or on-line.
Make sure the area is weed-free, you’ll probably want to do this in advance to make everything easier.
There’s no need to do anything else to the soil, these are tough little plants that don’t need cosseting.
Space the plants 30-60 cm apart, plant a double row if you want a thick hedge, staggering the plants so they’re not opposite each other.
Poke a hole in the ground, push the hedge-stick in to cover the roots, kick the soil back and gently firm it in place.
So here’s some photos of a summer hedge in full swing to inspire you, because it’s surprising how easy it is to forget what summer flowers look like.
The creamy white flowers of Viburnum opulus are followed by shiny, transluscent, red berries in autumn.
- Once the leaves appear in spring, trim the tops off by about 4 in/10cm to encourage side-shoots to form and make the hedge grow good and bushy.
- Keep the area around the base weed-free, they don’t like competition when they’re little.
- Water them in spring if it’s very dry.
These type of plants are great for wildlife, they provide nectar for the bees and butterflies and somewhere for birds to nest.
Here’s an earlier post with more information about bare-root plants.
all images: Jill Anderson