Top 5 Hedges for Screening & Privacy

Are you looking for the best hedges to provide screening and privacy?

When you need hedging to provide screening in your garden project, the best solution is to plant a mature hedge which gives instant privacy.  Practical Instant Hedge™ enables you to create a private, secure garden for your client to enjoy.

You could use individual plants, but your client will have to wait for them to grow. The best hedges for screening and privacy are those that are ready grown for that purpose, and in particular, our evergreen instant hedges. These provide great screening all year round and will give an attractive backdrop to your garden design.

Why use Practical Instant Hedge™

Our Practical Instant Hedge™ is grown at our hedge nursery in Iver, Buckinghamshire.  The production method we use ensures this mature hedge is easy to handle, as it is pre-grown in 1m troughs which means it can be planted all year round with no worry about “transplant” shock.

Our Top 5 Evergreen Instant Hedges

Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’)

Common Laurel (or Cherry Laurel) makes a bright, dense evergreen hedge. It’s shiny lime green leaves are thick and leathery, making it a good choice for noise reduction, for example, from a busy road. Common Laurel Instant Hedge will thrive in most soils, including clay, but it dislikes (shallow) chalk.


Yew  (Taxus baccata)

Practical Yew Instant Hedge is a very popular choice, a timeless classic that is at home in any garden style from formal traditional to elegant contemporary. The dark-green, conifer foliage is easy to maintain and trim. Yew hedges are perfect choice for dense, mature evergreen hedging.


Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’)

Practical Portuguese Laurel Instant Hedge will work well in any garden setting. The dark green leaves are neat and attractive, giving this evergreen hedge an attractive compact and refined appearance.  Portuguese Laurel hedging likes most soils including clay and shallow chalk.


Broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis)

Practical Griselinia Instant Hedge™ (as known as Broadleaf) makes a wonderful evergreen instant hedge with its attractive light apple-green leathery leaves.Griselinia hedging is excellent for coastal locations as it is particularly tolerant of salt laden winds, ‘littoralis’ translates as ‘growing by the sea’.



Oleaster (Elaeagnus ebbingei  ‘Compacta’)

Elaeagnus ebbingei ‘Compacta’ is a robust hedging plant with tough silvery grey leaves that are frost, wind and salt resistant. Also known as Oleaster, this Instant Hedge is excellent for creating a dense evergreen screen anywhere but has particular value in coastal areas.

How to order Practical Instant Hedge™

  • Email us on with your requirements (including size and length of hedge, the site location and whether you would like a price for installation) and we will return a quote withing 2 working days.
  • Call us on 01753 652022 and speak to our horticultural team

There is more comprehensive information on our website, including current size and availability