Principles: The "country hedge" is integral to the countryside. It provides nourishment to the wild animals and birds, it helps to slow the wind and protects against cold in the winter.
Height at maturity: 3 to 5 m (9.8 to 16.4').
Interest: All year round.
Planting distance: Every metre.
Pruning: The species used are benefited by hard cutting back which encourages bushier and healthier growth.
Find each plant's specification:
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), white blossom in April
Bloodtwig Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea), red stems in winter, extremely decorative
Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera), white blossom in March - April
Common Hazel (Corylus avellana)
Common Prive (Ligustrum vulgare), scented white blossom in June - July
European Spindle Tree (Euonymus europaeus), small white flowers in May - June, bright red foliage in the autumn, decorative berries in winter
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), bushy shape
Guelder-Rose (Viburnum opulus), white blossom from April through to to June, followed by brigh red berries, red foliage in the autumn