Whether they are used for dividing, lending structure or simply to add beauty – hedges are the secret of every good garden. And now’s the time to plant them…
Bare-root hedging offers an easy to plant solution to hedging at home and is much cheaper than putting up a fence! It forms an attractive boundary more quickly than many gardeners imagine and maintaining them is not much work – certainly much less than a lawn or border. As well as providing structure to the garden, they can be perfect for wildlife, and particularly nesting birds.
What are bare-root hedge plants?
It may sound like we’re stating the obvious but bare rooted hedging plants are pretty much exactly as the name describes; a plant with exposed roots, as opposed to being surrounded by soil. Bare-roots are available from the end of November to March/April, which is known in the gardening world as the dormant season. This is the natural resting period of plants, which allows them to be lifted, transported, stored and replanted without causing any shock or damage to the root system.
Generally, bare-root plants are deciduous so they can seem slightly disappointing when they arrive as the plants will be dormant. However, what you really get is a substantial root system, a decent amount of stem and side shoots. Once you plant your bare roots you will really reap the rewards come Spring when your plants flourish.
This year we have a great selection of evergreen and deciduous bare root hedging plants now in stock. Choose from:
1) Green Beech – Fagus sylvatica
2) Purple Beech – Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropurpurea’
3) Field Maple – Acer campestre
4) Hawthorn – Crataegus monogyna
5) Hazel – Corylus avellana
6) Hornbeam – Carpinus betulus
7) Privet – Ligustrum ovalifolium
8) Sloe/Blackthorn – Prunus spinosa
Why are bare-rooted plants so cost effective?
- They cost less to grow – Once planted they are left in the fields for years (until ready for purchase) instead of being re-potted year on year.
- They cost less to transport – They do not carry with them a large weight of soil, so you do not bear the cost of the soil.
- Buy more spend less – If you are planting a large hedge or need very tall plants, bare roots work out much cheaper than the equivalent quantity or weight in other root types.
When should I plant them?
The bare-root type is only available when the plants are completely dormant, from November to late April/early May. We now have our full stock in and we would recommend purchasing within the next month or so before our stocks start to run low, and planting them as soon as you buy them (as long as the soil is not frozen or waterlogged).
Bare Root Hedging £2.99 each (up to 80cm)- Buy 10 or more for £2.79 each (Exc. Purple Beech).
Prices may vary please see individual varieties.