A Guide to Instant Hedges for Your Garden


Mature hedging plants or “Instant box hedging” is a fantastic way to transform your outdoor space quickly and effortlessly. Whether you’re looking to add privacy, enhance aesthetics, or attract wildlife, there’s a wide range of options to choose from. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to a diverse selection of instant hedges, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits.

Here are some benefits of instant hedges:

✓ Privacy: Instant hedges are dense and tall, making them an excellent choice for creating privacy screens. They can help block out noise and provide a sense of seclusion in your outdoor space.

✓ Windbreaks: Instant hedges can also serve as effective windbreaks, providing shelter for other plants and helping to prevent soil erosion.

✓ Aesthetics: The formal appearance of hedges can add structure and visual interest to a garden or landscape.

✓ Shelter: Instant hedges also create a natural sanctuary for birds and other native species.

✓ Security: A prickly hedge is also a great intruder deterrent.

Common Types of Instant Hedges

Beech – Green (Fagus sylvatica):

Known for its magnificent foliage, the Beech hedge boasts fluttery leaves with a delicate golden-green colour that brightens gradually, culminating in a rich copper hue in autumn. This deciduous hedging plant offers year-round interest and is a popular choice for gardens seeking a touch of elegance.

Beech – Purple / Copper (Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea):

The Purple Beech is a stunning deciduous hedging plant that provides a beautiful range of rich colours throughout the year. Its vibrant foliage adds a unique flair to your garden and ensures that there’s always something eye-catching to admire.

Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus Rotundifolia):

Cherry Laurel, also known as Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia,’ is a dense evergreen hedge with glossy, vibrant green leaves. This versatile plant is a staple in British gardens and offers a year-round burst of colour and privacy.

English Yew (Taxus Baccata):

Referred to as the King of Hedges, the Instant Yew Hedge Plant (Taxus Baccata) is a classic evergreen species known for its versatility, ease of maintenance, and year-round interest. It’s an excellent choice for creating topiary shapes and serving as a boundary hedge in gardens of all sizes.

Hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna):

The Hawthorn hedge is a fast-growing, deciduous native plant that goes by various names like May Flower and Quickthorn. It’s a crucial component of native hedgerows and provides a wildlife sanctuary, making it an environmentally-friendly choice.

Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus):

Hornbeam hedging, also known as European Hornbeam or Common Hornbeam, is a classic choice known for its lush green serrated leaves. It creates a dense screen, offering privacy, security, and an effective barrier against noise and wind.

Ilex Crenata (Japanese Holly):

Japanese Holly features dark green glossy leaves, delicate white flowers in spring, and small black berries (which are poisonous) in autumn. This evergreen shrub adds a touch of elegance to any garden.

Lonicera Nitida (Shrubby Honeysuckle):

A dense, bushy, fast-growing evergreen, Lonicera Nitida is a popular choice for medium-height evergreen hedges. It’s easy to trim and maintain, making it a convenient option for those seeking a tidy, low-maintenance solution.

Mixed Native:

These instant hedging troughs create an established hedge immediately upon planting and contribute to biodiversity by attracting a range of garden creatures. They offer a beautiful, eco-friendly solution for any garden.

Oleaster (Elaeagnus Ebbingei):

Also known as Silverberry, Oleaster is a tough evergreen shrub with highly scented creamy white flowers in autumn and small orange fruits in spring. It’s a favourite for its resilience and aromatic blooms.

Order Top Quality Mature Hedging Cambridge

Instant box hedging is cultivated in a metre-long trough and constantly maintained to offer you a strong hedge unit that has already grown together, both the leaves and roots, giving you a strong hedge with a high success rate. 

Compared to normal troughs, our Instant Hedge Units are larger and offer a more developed screen. Regular pruning of the individual plants results in blocks that, when arranged in a row, form a dense, uniformly clipped hedge.

Our quick troughs, which come in a variety of hedge species, including our most popular varieties, will look fantastic in any garden and offer gentle screening and privacy, enhancing the charm and intimacy of your space while also reducing wind and noise.

All of our instant hedge units are available all year long and are delivered in a container or trough for simple planting by two people.


Contact us to discuss a range of instant hedges available to buy. We provide years of expertise and professional garden, landscape design and maintenance around the Cambridge area.

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