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


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 500/60 = 8-9 plants.
  • For a 90cm tall hedge (waist height), space your plants 90/3 = 30cm apart.
    For a 5m long hedge, that's 500/30 = 16-17 plants.


zigzag planting TIP 1: 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.
TIP 2: If you want a faster result for your hedge, order double the number of plants, and space them twice as close. For a 1.8m hedge, 30cm apart; for a 90cm hedge, 15cm apart.

TIP 3: For a thicker deeper hedge, space the plants twice as close - but in a zigzag, rather than a straight line (see graphic). Clip as they grow, to gradually develop a straight front to your hedge.


How tall a hedge do you want?

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

  • dwarf and lowgrowing bushes, that need little to no pruning
  • evergreen shrubs, that can be clipped to shape - even into topiary
  • tall trees to cut low (coppice), to encourage branching instead of a single stem

See our complete range of hedging plants here