Plants and Shrubs Suitable for Hedging or Screening

When used for screening or as a partition/border, hedges can be much more attractive and softer than fencing and also more durable. However they will take up more space and will need regular pruning or clipping; at least twice a year if not more.

Not only are hedges attractive they are good for reducing the effects of wind as they allow some of the air to pass through, slowing down the air flow. Whereas a solid fence will just buffet the wind over top.

The following selection of plants and shrubs are suitable for hedging or screening in domestic gardens in the UK.

Evergreen plants suitable for hedging or screening

Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba japonica

variegated privet

Ligustrum ovalifolium

Photinia - Red Robin

Photinia x fraseri
Christmas berry

Prunus laurocerasus

Prunus laurocerasus
Cherry laurel

Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus

Deciduous plants suitable for hedging or screening

Crataegus monogyna

Crataegus monogyna

beech hedge

Fagus sylvatica
Common Beech


Golden Bells

Lilac Syringa

Syringa vulgaris
Common lilac

Rosa rugosa hips

Rosa Rugosa
Beach rose