Nine hedges perfect for privacy and security

Hedging can act as an impenetrable or, in some cases a painful barrier, making them ideal for security purposes. Here are nine of the best privacy/intruder deterrent hedges we recommended.

1. English Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

The English Holly hedge is well-known for its classically prickly, glossy, and deep-green leaves, and its red berries that make an attractive trait to the bush during Winter. The dense and prickly leaves are ideal where a privacy screen or security barrier is needed, as well as being effectively pollution-resistant and a windbreaker.

2. Darwins Barberry (Berberis Darwinii)

Berberis darwinii, also known as Darwins Barberry, is a beautiful evergreen hedge that belongs to the Berberis family, producing stunning bunches of orange-yellow flowers which hold onto red stems in spring, along with prickly, dark-green leaves that resemble little holly leaves.

3. Wintergreen Barberry (Berberis julianae)

The Wintergreen Barberry, also known by its Latin name of Berberis julianae, is part of the evergreen Berberis family, but has long, tough thorns that hide beneath the gleaming green leaves, making it the perfect privacy hedge.

4. Berberis Evergreen (Berberis Stenophylla)

The Berberis Evergreen, also known by its Latin name of Berberis x stenophylla, is a fast-growing, prickly hedge which belongs to the Berberis family. Perfectly provides colour and texture to any garden type, as well as a bit of security.

5. Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

The Japanese Barberry, also referred to by its Latin name of the Berberis Thunbergii, is deciduous, meaning its leaves fall in the Autumn after they turn orange and red. The whole Berberis species is ideal as an intruder deterrent, due to being somewhat thorny in nature, as well as offering shelter for the wildlife.

6. Barberry Rose Glow (Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’)

The Barberry Rose Glow, also known as the Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow,’ is a lovely, deciduous, prickly, compact hedge with gorgeous variegation colours of cream, purple and pink, making it ideal for ornamental purposes.

7. Dog Rose (Rosa canina)

The Dog Rose hedge, also referred to by its Latin name of Rosa canina, is an attractive species of hedging that boasts delicately fragranced pink/white flowers in the summer, that then give way to red, berry-looking rose hips in Autumn (which are very welcomed by the birds). It is a tough, native hedge that is well-known for its prickly, but lovely, growing habit.

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8. White Ramanus Rose (Rosa Rugosa ‘alba’)

The White Ramanus Rose, also commonly referred to by its Latin name of Rosa rugosa ‘Alba,’ is a deciduous hedge, with a fast-growing, bushy, and dense habit. It is the ideal summer flowering hedge for your garden.

You can explore our full range of hedging here or, if you’ve already found what you need- why not read our guide on how to plant hedges? Then you’ll be fully prepped for the task ahead.