20 April 2016 Our top five evergreen hedging/shrubs

Evergreen hedges and shrubs are a great way to introduce all year colour into the garden. Some species here are chosen for their foliage, providing a great backdrop for other garden plants, other species produce beautiful scented flowers as well as attractive foliage.

1. Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus rotundifolia)

A fast growing, dense, evergreen shrub with large glossy dark green leaves. An excellent hedging plant, tolerant of most sites and is fully hardy. It likes moist but well drained soils.

2. Photinia ‘Red Robin’ (Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’)

An attractive garden tree or shrub, can also be used as an informal hedge. Photinia can be clipped up to 3 times a year if you wish to keep the red leaves coming through. Photinia grows about 30 cm per year, so you can trim the hedge annually in spring or summer to keep in the required height and shape.

3. Box (Buxus sempervirens)
A dense evergreen shrub or small tree, it is often used as a closely trimmed hedge or for topiary. All year round interest and great as a low hedge or pathway edging, it is shade tolerant too.

4. Escallonia 'Iveyi'

A pretty evergreen flowering hedging shrub with an upright habit. Tolerant of most soils and situation and well suited to coastal areas. It benefits from light pruning in the spring to help keep its shape and it can also be used for topiary.

5. Oleaster (Ebbinge's Silverberry) (Elaegnus x ebbingei)

A large tough dense evergreen shrub, with a rounded appearance. it is fast growing at 30 - 45 cm per year. The leaves are beautiful – a metallic sea green on the top and silvery underneath. Small highly scented flowers appear in summer.

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