hedge of mixed garden shrubs
Autumn is the best time to plant hedges.

The soil is still warm from summer, so your plants can get established before winter arrives.
There's also plenty of moisture around to feed young roots (if we've been blessed with rain).

Spring is also good hedge planting weather, especially in a La Niña cycle when the weather is cooler and wetter.

If you're thinking of planting a hedge, do it the easy way with our tubestock plants - minimal digging, fast growing, great value.


How many plants do you need for your hedge?

  • Decide the height you want your full grown hedge to be.
  • Divide this by 3.
  • That's how far apart you need to space the plants.
  • Divide the length of your hedge by this number.
  • For a 180cm tall hedge (head height), space your plants 180/3 = 60cm apart.

    For a 5m long hedge, that's 500cm/60cm = 8-9 plants.
  • For a 90cm tall hedge (waist height), space your plants 90/3 = 30cm apart.

    For a 5m long hedge, that's 500cm/30cm = 16-17 plants.



It's always a good idea to order some extras in case one or two get nibbled by wildlife, or are planted in a poor patch of soil.
That way you know you've got exactly the same plant as a replacement.


zigzag planting TIP 2 : PLANT CLOSER

Look at the mature WIDTH of the plant. You'll find this on every product page in the Details.
If you want a faster result for your hedge, order double the number of plants, and space them twice as close.



For a thicker deeper hedge, space the plants twice as close - but in a zigzag, rather than a straight line (see the graphic).
Clip them level as they grow, to gradually develop a straight front and back to your hedge.

Get step by step tips on planting your tubestock here



How tall a hedge do you want?

We've got all kinds of hedge plants for all sorts of places in the garden :

See our complete range of hedging plants here