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Hawthorne Hedge

Hello all, I have a large 70m gap in a well established Hawthorne hedgerow that needs filling, could everybody kindy advise where I can purchase large Hawthorne shrubs or even an alternative? 
Many thanks


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,282
    Many garden centres sell largish Hollies. They fulfill the protective element with prickles, but being evergreen give shelter to little birds. We have one that a robin regularly nests in.  Reading again, do you mean 70 metres?     70m would give a superb space for mixed native hedging.

  • Large potted plants to fill that space will cost a fortune. Most hedges are planted in winter as bare root, and take time to fill out (a few years). I'd look for a hedge supplier online that's relatively near to you. 

    Holly is very slow to grow and will take an age to fill into a hedge. 
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,201
    If it really is a 70m stretch I think you would do better to buy hawthorne and / or other native hedging whips. Cheap, quick and easy to plant - with a little attention to preparation, watering and pruning, you’ll have a large well established hedge within 3 or 4 years.

    Large bushes may seem more attractive but they are very expensive, heavy to handle require digging proper planting holes etc and then plenty of attention in terms of watering etc for the first couple of seasons.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,654
    I agree.  We planted a hawthorn hedge from whips one winter in well prepared ground and trimme dback to 9"/23cms after planting and they grew 6' in their first year.  We then cut them back by half in their first autumn and that helped them bush out.   Great hedge for wildlife, windbreak and keeping out unwanted intruders.
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  • batwood14batwood14 Posts: 193
    edited January 2020
    I used mailorder trees for gaps in hedging and Hopes Grover Nurseries for a new beech hedge. Both are excellent and you can get some good deals for bare root hedging. You can get all sizes and depth. The picture is copper beech hedging I put in three years ago and bought 5ft feathered whips. They have filled out very nicely now.
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