A key role for a garden designer is to advise on what kind of materials and plants are appropriate for your garden, and an element that shouldn’t be overlooked is the boundary or internal screening.

The most commonly used options are wooden fences or trellis screens however, walls, railings and hedging can also be a good alternative. Wherever possible I like to explore the possibility of using a suitable hedge, evergreen, semi evergreen or deciduous because it can create a really beautiful garden backdrop, while also offering protection from the elements, privacy and habitat for wildlife, not to mention security.

Natural hedging also suits properties of all ages and size, creating both a traditional or contemporary style. Dependent on the style of garden you wish to create, a hedge can be used in many ways; to provide a warm natural atmosphere in a country garden, soften the surroundings of a city garden or add structure to a modern garden.  A hedge can also be a useful screen for those areas you might want to hide from view in your garden.

Plus, what many people don’t realise is that you can buy hedging in all growth forms, from 1 year old whips that are about as thick as a pencil up to a fully mature 2.0 meter hedge in a choice of varieties according to your garden aspect and soil condition. Available varieties include native, exotic, flowering, ever-green and fruit bearing.

In terms of upkeep (one of the biggest questions), all hedging will require some form of maintenance, at the very least pruning, but it will depend on the varieties you choose (and for me a twice yearly clip outweighs the chore and expense of painting a fence).  Our advice would be to do your research before you buy or contact our award-winning garden design team for help.