Flowering hedges have everything going for them. Looks, flowers for insects, berries or fruits for birds, and they do the job of a hedge! Forget hedges as dull, green shapes. The choice of hedging plants includes species that are evergreen, deciduous, prickly, scented, colourful, large and small.

Read on, and prepare to transform your garden hedge!

flowering hedges

Plant a hedge with a mix of leaf colours and textures, flowers and berries to create a flowering hedge, in even a small corner of your garden, to enjoy every day. Sarah Buchanan.

Tall flowering hedges

Hawthorn and blackthorn froth with pink and white blossom in May: instant summer in your garden. The snag with these is in the name: thorny stems that demand good gloves when pruning and trimming.

‘Mock Orange’ (philadelphus) is a deciduous plant often used as a shrub, and good for informal hedges. Deep creamy white flowers, in some varieties shading to pink, with a stunning scent is the reason for their success! Create year round interest in your hedge by mixing these with evergreen hedging plants.

Medium sized flowering hedges

Escallonia give flowers in profusion. Choose your colour from a range of varieties. These plants like warm sun and tolerate wind. Prune to keep yours at the height you want.

For a prickly hedge, try berberis. With a huge range of flower and berry colours, it creates a stunning hedge that buzzes with insects. Other prickly hedging plants include pyracanthus, whose autumn berries outshine their spring flowers.

flowering hedges

Rosa rugosa creates a gorgeous hedge! Tough and tolerant of different soils and weather it is covered with cerise pink (or white) flowers that attract bees, followed by glossy red hips that are loved by birds. The snag: bristly prickles and it needs to be kept under control.

Everyone has room for short flowering hedges!

Lavender: grey leaves and mauve flowers, be sure to buy tall lavender not dwarf. The all time favourite for looks and scent. The key to a good lavender hedge is annual haircuts to remove the flower stems at their base and keep the hedge neat.

Brachyglottis (senecio) 'sunshine': silver leaves and yellow flowers make this a sunny looking hedge even in semi-shade. It does well in warm areas, not in waterlogged and cold soils. Try this one around a sunny patio.

Mix colours in flowers and leaves and create a tapestry hedge

A tapestry hedge brings together, in one hedge, hedging plants that offer different leaf colours and textures, different flowers and fruits or berries. As the hedge grows the plants intermingle and the effect is of a gorgeous tapestry with something different to look at all year. Often informal, tapestry hedges can also be clipped to create a smooth mosaic of colour and texture. Limit the colours in your tapestry hedge to a harmonious theme, or go wild with a whole range. The choice is yours!

Want to know more?

  • Read our earlier blog on hedges for edges.
  • Find out about choosing and planting hedging on the RHS website.
  • Many nurseries and garden centres supply hedging plants and offer advice on what will suit your space.