How far apart should hedging plants be planted?

Asked By: Lela Lunkenheimer | Last Updated: 9th April, 2020
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We recommend planting Leylandii, Laurel and most other evergreen shrubs* between 60cm and 100cm apart (approximately 2-3 feet apart). Hedges with plants 60cm apart "fill in" quicker than those planted 100cm apart but you get just as good a hedge in the long run at either distance apart.

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Also, how many plants do you need to make a hedge?

In general, 3 plants per metre is the ideal spacing: this will give you a thick hedge quickly. If you planted any closer together, you wouldn't really get any benefit and the plants would compete with their neighbours too much.

Furthermore, how far apart should you plant Photinia? Growing Tips: Photinia But like most plants you'll get much better results if you just follow a few very simple growing and care tips. Plant your Photinias between 60 and 100 cm apart for a solid hedge. Photinia does prefer full sun but part shade is fine too.

Similarly, it is asked, how far apart do you plant Japanese box hedge?

Plant 1 1/2 feet apart and at least 1 1/2 feet from the edge of the walk.

How can I make my hedge grow faster?

How to Grow a Thick Hedge Fast, in Brief:

  1. Choose the right location for the hedge.
  2. Determine what height of fence you want.
  3. Choose the right fencing plants.
  4. Determine its width.
  5. Determine the right spacing for the plants.
  6. Survey the planting area ready to install the fence.
  7. Plant the shrubs or trees.

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Can you grow a hedge against a fence?

Being near a fence is not necessarily a problem, unless the sun never gets to your side, and as long as the concrete footings of fence posts are not too huge. I'm growing a hedge against one of my fences, it is a mixed hedge with hawthorn, blackthorn and holly- great for wildlife and low maintenance!

How fast do hedges grow?

Regardless of the reason for wanting a rapidly-growing tall hedge or privacy screen, we have excellent options for any space. These varieties will grow more than 1 foot per year (some can grow up to 4 feet per year in ideal conditions).

What plants make the best hedges?

Holly. If you prune them regularly, many species of holly work well as hedges. Dwarf hollies, such as dwarf yaupon holly, meserve holly, and inkberry, are the easiest types to use, as they need less pruning. Most varieties of holly bear red or orange berries, which are set off by the glossy evergreen foliage.

How do you plant a hedge whip?

Planting bare root whips
  1. In order to plant your tree you will need: a spade, a rabbit guard, a cane and some mulch.
  2. Dig a hole large enough for the roots to spread out evenly.
  3. Backfill with soil, gently shake the tree up and down to work the soil around the roots firm around the tree in stages by treading with the heel.

How do you calculate plant spacing?


To determine the total space needed by each plant, multiply the distance between plants within the rows (X) by the distance between the rows (Y). A. For a square planting pattern with plants spaced 6" on center (O.C.), X = 6 and Y = 6. Therefore, 6 × 6 = 36 in2.

What is the best hedging?

Top 5 hedging plants:
  • Conifer: Taxus baccata (yew)
  • Large evergreen: Prunus lusitanica (Portugese laurel)
  • Low growing: Lavandula angustifolia.
  • Native: Carpinus betulus (hornbeam)
  • Seaside garden: Rosa rugosa.

Will Japanese box grow in shade?

Japanese Box are a traditional favourite, as they are perfect for formal evergreen hedges. Small glossy green foliage on a compact dense shrub, make them perfect for clipping or topiary. Buxus japonica can grow in full shade but will take much longer to establish.

Why is my Japanese box hedge dying?

Phytophthora root rot is a fungal disease that causes leaves to gradually turn from light green to yellow or bronze. Leaves may curl upwards and the bark on the base of the hedge may die. Root rot may occur due to poorly-draining soil which becomes waterlogged during periods of heavy rain.

When should I prune my Buxus?

You need to prune a buxus plant at least twice a year, but for the best results you should trim them four times a year. The best time to do this is at the end of May. The second time should be the beginning of September.

What is the fastest growing box hedge?


Description. Leylandii is a conifer that is the fastest –growing, evergreen, hedging plant and will create a hedge quickly. Because it is fast growing, it is generally the cheapest way of forming an evergreen garden hedge and hence the most popular.

How long does it take to grow a box hedge?

If well cared for, small plants should form a reasonable hedge or, in the case of B. sempervirens 'Suffruticosa', a parterre within three to five years.

How can I make my English box hedge grow faster?

English box is very versatile and will grow in dry or moist soils in sun or shade, although growth will be more rapid where plants receive at least four hours of direct sunshine in summer. Plants will benefit from the application of a nitrogenous fertiliser (such as urea) twice a year in the growth season.

What is the fastest growing hedge?

Description. Leylandii is a conifer that is the fastestgrowing, evergreen, hedging plant and will create a hedge quickly. Because it is fast growing, it is generally the cheapest way of forming an evergreen garden hedge and hence the most popular.

How do you make Japanese boxes grow faster?

Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, or for a low-odour alternative: Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. Fertilise every 2 weeks to promote healthy foliage growth and strong root development.

When should I feed my box hedge?


FeedingBuxus are hungry plants and will flush with new growth in April, June and August; a light dressing of quick release fertilizer just before these flushes will promote healthy growth. Do not over feed as very soft growth may be more susceptible – follow recommendations.

How do you make red tip photinia grow faster?

Red Tip Culture
Red tips grow in almost any soil in full sun or light shade. They're less prone to disease and have more intense, red coloration on the new growth in full sun. Feed them lightly in the early spring before new growth begins. Prune red tips only while dormant in the winter.

What is the best fertilizer for Photinia?

Feeding with a general-purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 or Growmore in spring or early summer should encourage healthy re-growth.