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Love Your Garden 2017

Hedges Direct proud to support ITV’s Love Your Garden in 2017

2017 sees Hedges Direct once again teaming up with Love Your Garden to help create some more dream spaces for the deserving and inspirational people featured in this series. The first episode was particularly emotional featuring Mark Ormrod, an ex-Royal Marine and a triple amputee who was injured in an IED explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan. Being physically incapacitated in this way has meant that although Mark with his iron willpower has embraced life in many positive and far reaching ways, small things, such as being able to create and maintain an outdoor space for he and his family to enjoy whilst still rehabilitating from his injuries, was difficult to achieve. And so in stepped the ‘Love Your Garden’ team and a host of fantastic suppliers, Hedges Direct included, to help the family of five finally have the recreational and therapeutic space that they so dearly needed.

The garden beforehand was uninspiring and characterless and a far cry from the haven that they wished for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Love Your Garden team took the space and turned it into a multi-functional and defined garden with areas for dining, sitting, playing and recuperating. Some of the planting was contained within built planters to contain growth and to aid the care and maintenance of the plants by being at a raised level thereby being easier to reach, and mature plants were also used to create that established garden feel. The outdoor flooring was low maintenance featuring beautiful porcelain paving around the dining areas, astro type turf for the lawn area and rubberised flooring around the play areas, all of which was levelled off to enable Mark to move around more easily on his prosthetics. Practical yet stunning we’re sure you’ll agree!

Hedges Direct were asked to provide some bamboo for the children’s play area to create a ‘bamboo jungle’ for the path leading from the lawn to the play house. Black Bamboo was provided to the team (Phyllostachys Nigra) in 10L pots. This type of bamboo has intensely black canes (creamy green in the first year) against green foliage, is clump forming and has a lovely arching habit.  It’s height made it a great structural yet flexible addition to the play area whilst planted in such a way that it created a secret and exotic pathway to fire the children’s imaginations; the black pebbles of the path meanwhile are reflected by the black stems of the bamboo, all of which contrasts beautifully to the surrounding pale pebbled areas . Below, Frances plants the bamboo complete with their pots to help keep the bamboo contained to that area, although this being a clumping variety, the bamboo tends not to spread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to Black Bamboo, Hedges Direct also provided some Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’) which was again used in the children’s play area behind the climbing frame. Once grown to maturity, this lovely glossy green hedge will screen the fencing behind creating a more natural feel to complement the chunky wood of the climbing frame.

The family now have the most amazing garden in which to relax, play, entertain and for Mark to continue his rehabilitation. We are proud and honoured to have helped the Love Your Garden team once again in 2017;  we all wish the Ormrod family the very best and hope that they have many happy years enjoying this wonderful, inspirational space!

Love Your Garden continues on ITV throughout the summer and Hedges Direct will feature again later in the year (we’ll let you know when). If you missed this episode, you can catch up at the ITV Hub.

For the love of dog! Prune Dogwood now to get radiant colour in winter.

Dogwood varieties are invaluable in winter, their fiery colours and stunning architectural displays are emphasised by the surrounding dismal weather, bare beds and colourless plants. They truly come into their own over winter taking centre stage in any winter garden design.

Dogwoods aren’t just for Christmas! These vibrant plants need to be nurtured in order for you to get the best of their wondrous winter display. Brighter colours are emitted by new growth therefore strategic pruning allows this plant to re-establish throughout the year, ready for winter.

The ideal time and method to prune Dogwood for a winter spectacle is in late March to mid-April, just before the new growth develops. Cut back almost a third of the stem, we suggest keeping the stems about 5-20cm above ground level. It’s a hardy plant so it can withstand such a harsh prune and has a fast growth rate you can cut into the back rest assured that it will grow back. Take a look at the image below of a trimmed Dogwood hedge.

Take a look at our ultimate guide to Dogwood hedge plants for more information on this colourful shrub.

Plant For A Spring Spectacle

As we turn our backs on winter it’s time to focus on spring and if like me, you’re eager to see new leaf growth, flowers and fruits, Hedges Direct have a great selection of plants with spring interest to satisfy our impatience.

For those wanting features as soon as possible, species such as Blackthorn, Flowering Currant and Forsythia boast beautiful flowers early in the season, so early that new leaves haven’t started to appear yet! Gorse also produce early spring flowers, but being evergreen, its buttery yellow flowers stand out next to the spiky green leaves that remain year round.

The UK didn’t have a white Christmas but you can bring this stunning colour to your garden in spring as Dog Wood, Hawthorn, Pyracantha, Viburnum lantana, June Berry and Wild Cherry, all produce white flowers in different shapes and sizes.

Alternatively, brightly coloured flowers appear on Hypericum, Berberis, Purple Leaf Sand Cherry, Weigela and Potentilla. To get the most of your flowering plants, there are some great tips on pruning spring flowering shrubs in this short video from Gardener’s World Magazine.

You can also access fantastic spring colour with the long awaited new growth of Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, which offers beautiful displays of red glossy leaves.

Christen the season with catkins! These long, hanging fruits dangle from the branches of Alder, Hazel, Hornbeam and Willow, attracting a range of British birds and other wildlife to your garden.

The species mentioned above are just a handful of spring spectacles. We’ve included a list of our entire collection of plants that offer fantastic interest in spring below:

 

Go For Gold!

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are truly under way and I must admit, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching all the different sporting events and getting in the Olympic spirit by cheering on team GB.

I’m sure that you can guess that my recent obsession with the Olympic Games inspired me to write this blog. Like the thousands of athletes competing in Rio, I too am going for gold. However, I’m not talking about the prestigious gold medal presented to the winning competitors, I’m talking about golden foliage as a glittering addition to a garden design.

At Hedges Direct, we offer a range of hedge plants with lavish foliage displaying golden tints, perfect for creating a garden worthy of first place.

Golden Bamboo is certainly the first to mention. Its strength and speed are similar to those of a 100m sprinter with the intention to get to the finish line in the quickest time possible. This hardy species breaks our growth records achieving 60+cm a year. The Usain Bolt of the plant world.

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Our conifer varieties boast fantastic shades of gold. Golden Leylandii and Monterey Cypress ‘Goldcrest’ are beautiful, evergreen species with golden yellow spray-like foliage. Monterey Cypress ‘Goldcrest’ has the brighter foliage of the two species and has a lemon scented fragrance in summer, especially when cut or brushed.

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Golden Leylandii

Monterey

Monterey cypress ‘Goldcrest’

Golden Elder, which displays an attractive bronze colour when young, turns golden yellow with maturity. Lonicera nitida ‘Baggessen’s Gold’ is the perfect option for summer colour as it is well suited to sunny areas and its leaves are capable of reflecting sunlight which emphasises its golden tint. Golden colours can also appear on variegated foliage, Golden Privet and Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’ have green glossy leaves with an outline of golden yellow giving these hedge plants a contrasting appearance.

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Lonicera nitida ‘Baggessen’s Gold’

Privet

Golden Privet

Euonymus

Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’

This blog couldn’t have arrived at a better time as Hedges Direct welcome a new hedging species to their team, Ilex Crenata ‘Golden Gem‘. Slow and steady wins the race with this plant as it will achieve 10-20cm per year and will therefore require little maintenance. It’s a golden alternative to the green Ilex Crenata and the popular Buxus sempervirens as it is used for creating a low garden border.

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Ilex Crenata ‘Golden Gem’

You can utilise the brilliant foliage of these plants as individual features or as a bright setting to offset the colours of other plants. So bring home the gold with my suggestions and make your garden a winner.

 

 

 

#HD30Days30Prizes Competition Winners

After a successful month long competition to celebrate 10 years trading, it’s finally time to reveal our 30 lucky winners…

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Date Prize Winner
01-Sep Bee Friendly Border Pack Mike James
02-Sep Bird feeding station Donna Michael
03-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Susan Crosswaite
04-Sep Hedge Trimmer Nicki Ramsay
05-Sep Topiary Ball Phill Worboys
06-Sep Bee Friendly Border Pack Christine Abdy
07-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Jeff Hardy
08-Sep Herb Garden Pack Andrew Burns
09-Sep Hedge Trimmer Tim Zybert
10-Sep Hebe Hedging Pack Sarah Ridgeway
11-Sep Nesting Box & Pack of 6 x Fatballs Jane Berrow
12-Sep Lavender Bundle Stephanie Thornley
13-Sep Topiary Spiral Mark Milsom
14-Sep Mini Meadow & After Plant Barry Graham
15-Sep Wildlife Friendly Hedging Pack Harold Perry
16-Sep Garden Tools Bundle Julie Clark
17-Sep Olive Topiary Standard Sarah Fleck
18-Sep Wicker Bird House & Pack of 6 x Fatballs Peter Hutchings
19-Sep Hedge Trimmer Paul Williams
20-Sep Mini Meadow & After Plant Lee Gardner
21-Sep Rosemary Bundle Leanne Bucknall
22-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Jenny Moore
23-Sep Euonymus Hedging Pack Donna Foxall
24-Sep Topiary Ball Georgia McAllister
25-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Rafal Kozinski
26-Sep Hedge Trimmer Jacquiline Brassington
27-Sep Evergreen Hedging Pack Linda Bird
28-Sep Wildlife Friendly Hedging Pack Helena Haddock
29-Sep Nesting Box & 2 x Bird Feeder Seed Shapes Roger Stanley
30-Sep Mini Meadow & After Plant  Rudy Roversi

Thank you again to everyone that entered and helped to celebrate our 10th Birthday!

There’ll be plenty more competitions in the coming months so make sure you stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hedges Direct through the years…

As we’re celebrating our 10th Birthday this month, we wanted to give you an insight into the history of Hedges Direct and how the company has changed over the last 10 years.hedges direct team

2005 – Hedges Direct was established in 2005. In the very beginning, all business was conducted with one laptop and a mobile phone. There were 14 orders in the first week and as the team only consisted of myself and my husband Dave, we used to take our laptop on holiday and drive up a hill to get a broadband signal using a dongle so that we could download the orders – sometimes we even had to use the internet in local libraries to be able to work.

 

2006 – We moved from our home office in Bath into a portable cabin and began selling bare roots as well as container grown plants.

 

2008 – We expanded into a bigger portable cabin to accommodate two new employees and started selling cell grown plants and root balls.

 

2011 – The business relocated up north to Five Acres Nursery in Euxton, Lancashire.

 

2012 – A new despatch shed was built on the site to accommodate the increased number of orders being processed.

 

2013 – Hedges Direct first began selling turf and instant hedging.

 

2013 – This year saw the beginning of our relationship with ITV’s Love Your Garden.

 

2014Pleached trees were added to our catalogue of products.

 

2015 – Hedges Direct was awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant accreditation.

 

2015 – September marks the 10th anniversary of Hedges Direct.

When is the best time to plant a hedge?

We often get asked when the best time to plant a hedge is and the answer is completely dependent on the root type of the hedging plants. Each root type has a specific time frame in which to plant to achieve the best results –

Bare roots

Bare root hedging must be planted when dormant, from November to April, however this planting period can be extended through to early May with the use of cold stored plants. Always check the ground is not frozen before planting and that frosts have not been forecast. All hedging plants are dormant during this period, however evergreen hedge plants hold their leaves whilst deciduous hedging loses them.

Root balls

Similar to bare roots, root ball hedging can only be planted during the dormant season, however this is slightly long for root balls, lasting from October to May with the exception of Box hedging, which can be planted in root ball form all year round.Yew root ball hedging

Pot grown plants

Pot grown hedging can be planted all year round other than when the ground is frozen, frosts are forecast or during very hot weather. You can store pot grown plants for a few weeks before planting in the ground, providing you keep them well-watered.

Cell-grown plants

Cell grown hedge plants can also be planted at any time of the year with the same exceptions that apply to pot grown plants.

Instant hedging

Instant hedging is available to buy and plant year round but we recommend that you avoid planting during both freezing temperatures and extremely hot weather.Griselinia instant hedging

Pleached trees

Pleached trees are grown as root balls so are only available for planting from October to May when they are dormant.

Ivy screens

These green screens can be planted any time of the year, providing the ground is not frozen or the weather is really hot.

Turf

The best time of year to lay turf is between mid-autumn and late winter, providing the soil is not frozen or waterlogged. You can also lay turf during spring but it’s best to avoid laying from mid-spring to early autumn as this period can involve spells of high temperatures and drought. Turf should be laid within 24 hours of delivery.

 

After planting, always ensure you keep your new plants well watered – our irrigation kits are great for this – and consider adding a mulch such as our weed supressent fabric to keep your site free of weeds. For more tips and advice on planting, take a look at our advice pages.

Birthday celebrations at Hedges Direct

Last week, the team at Hedges Direct spent the afternoon celebrating 10 years trading with a birthday BBQ. There were burgers, cake and even balloons to mark a decade in the industry. You can take a look at all the photos below and find out how you can join in the celebrations at the end of the blog…celebrating 10 yearsPaul and June enjoying 10 years

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You can join our birthday celebrations by enterting our #HD30Days30Prizes competition. There’s a huge slection of gardening goodies up for grabs every day in September!

Celebrate our 10th Birthday with us by entering our #HD30Days30Prizes Competition

To celebrate 10 years of trading, we are giving away a prize a day throughout September in our #HD30Days30Prizes campaign. The month-long giveaway includes a huge selection of gardening goodies, from bird-friendly feeding stations to hedge trimmers that will help keep your Beech looking its best.

You can enter daily for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday!

HD-10th-Birthday-BannerPage previewEach prize draw will run for 24 hours on the individual day stated and the competition closes on Wednesday 30th September. Winners will be announced on Thursday 1st October. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. Let us know you’ve entered @HedgesDirect using the hashtag #HD30Days30Prizes.

Stay tuned throughout September to see how else we’ll be celebrating and don’t forget to wish us Happy Birthday!

#SummerGarden Competition: Win Lavender plants for your garden

Now that summer has finally arrived, we wanted to celebrate by giving you the chance to win some of our fantastic Lavender hedging plants to add a burst of fragrance and colour to your garden. The flowers are blooming proudly on the nursery and the sunny weather is making us feel generous so enter our #SummerGarden giveaway before it’s too late! Three lucky winners will receive a selection of Lavender plants that are perfect to plant in patio pots or to brighten up beds and borders.

HD Lavender Competition

1st Prize – 4 Lavender pots
2nd Prize – 3 Lavender pots

3rd Prize – 2 Lavender pots

 Lavender is a diverse hedging plant that can be used to not only add a Mediterranean twist to your garden but the aromatic flowers and foliage can also be used to create summery cocktails and floral recipes, so for your chance to win your very own Lavender plants and get experimenting, visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page and click on the #SummerGarden tab to enter your details.

We’ll be sending the prizes out before the end of June to make sure our lucky winners get the most out of their Lavender this summer. You can also get involved in our celebrations by sharing photos of your own summer haven, using the hashtag #SummerGarden. Entries for the competition must be received by 5pm on Sunday 21st June and the winner’s will be announced on Monday 22nd June. Good luck!