Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) with sloes. Photo: Getty Images.

Best plants for an edible hedge

Use these plants to transform your hedge so it's bursting with berries, nuts and fruits.

Plenty of hedging plants produce edible berries and nuts, adding interest and purpose to your boundary. There’s no need to grow just one species, by growing a mixture of different plants you can reap the rewards of cobnuts, sloes, wild plums and crab apples in autumn.

Edible hedges offer huge value to wildlife. As well as offering shelter, they bear flowers for pollinators, leaves for caterpillars and windfall fruit and nuts for birds and small mammals. What’s more, by growing the widest range of plants possible, you will attract the widest range of insects.

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