Berberis thunbergii 'Cheal's Scarlet'

Plants for a low-maintenance hedge

Short on time? We pick some of the best plants to use to create low-maintenance hedges.

Not all hedges require hours of labour-intensive care. If you choose slow-growing plants that need little pruning, your hedge will almost take care of itself.

A loose hedge, allowed to flower, is perfect for wildlife gardens but low-maintenance doesn’t have to mean informal, or unkempt. A slow-growing species such as holly can be kept looking neat with light clipping once or twice a year.

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