Hedges: planting

Hedge plants are cheap, easy to plant and form an attractive boundary more quickly than many gardeners imagine. As well as providing structure to the garden, they can be perfect for wildlife, and particularly nesting birds.

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A newly planted hedge. Credit: RHS/John Trenholm.

Quick facts

  • Plant evergreen and semi-evergreen hedges in early autumn
  • Plant deciduous hedges in mid-autumn to late winter
  • Delay planting if soil is waterlogged or frozen
  • Keep new hedges well-watered for the first two years

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