Flowering Hedging Plants
Planting flowering hedgerows means that bees can feed on a range of different flowers from March right through to October, taller vegetation will benefit insects such as butterflies and grasshopper and fruiting trees will provide food sources to birds such as yellow hammers and skylarks.
Planting hedges will also provide important corridors for birds, insects and mammals to move safely in the habitat and indeed hedgerows are very effective at capturing carbon. We recommend pruning your flowering hedgerows on three year cycle to increase their fruiting and flowering loads.
To learn more you can tap into a Blog on the Guide to planting Flowering Hedges.
Planting is usually done Between November and March and we recommend planting a 4 or 6 plants per metre in a single row or staggered double row using a mix of the following species:
We recommend the following Flowering Hedging Plants:
- Blackthorn – Prunus spinosa
- Dog Rose – Rosa Canina
- Guelder Rose – Viburnum opulus
- Hazel – Corylus avellana
- Whitethorn – Crategus monogyna
- Holly – Ilex aquifolium
- Spindle – Euonymous europaeus
- Bird Cherry – Prunus padus
- Crab Apple – Malus sylvesteris
- Wild Pear – Pyrus communis
Our pack of 100 plants includes 50 Whitethorn Hedging plants, and 10 each of the following species, Crab, Hazel, Dog Rose, Wild Pear and Spindle. (Quantities can vary depending on stock availability)
We stock all varieties of hedging from the above list and would be more than happy to help you select which varieties and quantities that will work for your planting needs and area planted.
More information about planting bare root plants can be found on our blog and by watching our Tutorial Video. Our newsletter also contains a free to download planting guide which is a rich course of information and advice.