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Love Your Home and Garden features Hornbeam Pleached Trees from Hedges Direct

The final episode of Love Your Home and Garden featured Ann and Richard Price from Chester who have spent many years helping others through their charitable work and in addition, fostering almost 20 children. In recognition of their selfless dedication to others which has meant that their home and garden has taken much of a back seat in their busy lives, the Love Your Home and Garden team took on the challenge of creating a new indoor-outdoor space with a harmonious, natural flow for them and their family to now enjoy.

Hedges Direct’s help was once again enlisted to provide plants for the garden, but unlike other occasions, this garden featured products of the non-hedging variety! For this episode we supplied products from our other ranges of plants, namely the Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) tall pleached trees and border perennials which helped to create the wildflower meadow section of the garden.

Carpinus Betulus

Hornbeam Pleached Trees featured on Love Your Home & Garden in the final episode which aired on 13/09/17

Work in progress

Squared cane framework creating distinctive and traditional pleached shaping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pleached trees
, also known as ‘hedging on stilts’, are a traditional and formal method of training young branches onto canes creating a framework over which the tree develops and grows into a specific shape. The stems are long and straight giving the stilt-like effect. These trees are increasingly popular in modern garden design, providing architectural interest in both urban and rural garden settings. They are often used to provide an attractive high level screen above fencing or walls for an extra level of privacy, or to create a shaded area.

The Hornbeam pleached trees featured on this episode will develop in fullness and growth, eventually  providing  this type of screening and shade through the summer months.

 

Hedges Direct are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of these specialist trees with expert growers providing some of the finest specimens in a range of species, ages and sizes including the more unusual espalier pleached, roof form and box head trees. Species varieties include Hornbeam, Beech, Lime, Maple, Cherry Laurel, Oak and Photinia amongst others. Whilst most are established over several years and are removed with their full root ball as developed specimens, we also supply a small range of potted pleached trees.

For more information about our range of pleached trees, click here or call the sales team on 01257 263873.

 

 

 

 

Various pleached varieties in growing field

Tilia Mongolica and Carpinus Betulus Pleached

Pleached Espalier

Roof Form Pleached Trees

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.

Love Your Wild Garden 2015

If you caught last night’s special episode of ITV’s Love Your Garden, aptly named Love Your Wild Garden, you will have seen Alan and the team visit Keech Hospice in Luton to create a stunning wildlife garden for the patients to enjoy.

With a 500m plot to transform, Alan and the team certainly had a challenge on their hands, but not one to shy away from hard work, Alan immersed himself in everything wildlife friendly, including a huge pond and insect hotels, to create a garden alive with the sound of buzzing bees and twittering birds.

Using a variety of bee friendly plants from our sister company, Bee Friendly Garden plants, Alan created huge circular gabions that would be a thriving hub of insect activity for both the adults and the children at the hospice to enjoy.

Bee friendly garden plantsBee friendly garden plants on LYG

Alan then used our instant mixed native hedging to create a boundary along the garden to give shelter from the wind. Instant hedging is a great way to achieve an established hedge unit without waiting for the plants to mature and native hedging is home to a huge variety of Britain’s wildlife species, providing both shelter and food year round.

instant mixed native hedginginstant hedging on ove your garden

Many people believe that a wildlife friendly garden has to be filled with brambles, weeds and nettles, however Alan proves that a garden bursting with colour, fragrance and ornamental value is just as attractive to wildlife as it is to us.

The Love Your Garden team designed this garden with nature in mind and managed to create an outdoor space for the patients of Keech Hospice to enjoy, finding tranquillity as they immerse themselves in the presence of nature.

If you’re thinking of undertaking your own garden makeover, enter our #‎HDGetTheLook competition for the chance to win vouchers to help you on your way.

Watch the full wildlife special and catch up on any other episodes from this series of Love Your Garden that you may have missed on ITV player.

Hedges Direct supply Ivy screens to ITV’s Love Your Garden

Following the successful relationship between Hedges Direct and Love Your Garden over the last three years, we were asked to supply more plants for another episode in the current series of the popular ITV show.

Earlier in the series, we supplied Yew instant hedging to transform a tired family garden into a futuristic, modern space and have since provided four Ivy screens for another garden transformation. The Ivy screens, also known as living fences, are used to cover an unsightly oil tank, providing a more aesthetically pleasing solution than a fence.

The Ivy screens are made from a non-invasive species of Ivy that has dense foliage giving good coverage. Thirteen Ivy plants, each with five stems, are grown on light-weight galvanised steel frames which are easy to install and provide immediate impact. The many benefits of Ivy screens not only make them a great choice for domestic gardens but also businesses and public spaces too. The narrow screens are ideal for small spaces where a bushier hedge may take up too much room and they make an attractive alternative to fences and walls, providing both security and privacy with added wildlife value.Ivy Screens

Last month we celebrated the return of Love Your Garden to ITV with a Facebook competition in which three winners each won a Fruit Tree and planting kit. Following the success of this competition, we are now giving away £150 worth of vouchers to three lucky winners so they can recreate the look from their favourite Love Your Garden episodes in their own garden. To be in with the chance of winning, enter our #HDGetTheLook competition here. The winners will be announced on Monday 24th August.

Next week Alan and the team will be returning to a garden from last year’s series in which Hedges Direct supplied mixed native instant hedging and Lavender plants to transform a hospice in Luton. Catch the wildlife special on 18th August at the usual time of 8pm.

If you’ve missed any episodes from this series, you can catch up on ITV player.

Win one of three Hedges Direct vouchers worth a total of £150 in our LYG Get The Look competition

Following the overwhelming response to our #HDLoveYourGarden campaign in June and July, for August we’ve taken more inspiration from ITV’s popular gardening makeover show, Love Your Garden, to offer tips and inspiration to help transform your own outdoor space.

This series we’ve supplied Yew instant hedging and Ivy screens to help create dream gardens for the worthy participants featured on the programme. This follows Mature Cherry Laurel hedging supplied in 2013, and mixed native instant hedging, English Lavender, Portuguese Laurel hedging and Box hedging in 2014.

Throughout the series, the team – led by Alan Titchmarsh – has updated gardens in all manner of shapes and sizes, adhering to the latest trends in landscape design. Lavender has been used to add colourful bursts amongst the flowerbeds, whilst creative topiary transformed tired looking terraces. The team leave no detail undone in producing something truly individual.

At Hedges Direct we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to love their garden, and so we’re dedicating the month of August to helping you make changes to your outdoor space, to convert your garden into the natural haven of your dreams.HDGetTheLook

To give you a head start, we’ll be offering three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a Hedges Direct voucher to spend on anything that takes their fancy – whether that be an ornamental tree, some topiary or turf. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize – £75 voucher

2nd Prize – £50 voucher

3rd Prize – £25 voucher

The competition closes on Friday 21 August 5pm, and winners will be announced on Monday 24 August. To enter, simply visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page, click on the #HDGetTheLook tab and input your details. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. We’d also love to see photographs of your own gardens, tweet us @HedgesDirect with the hashtag #HDGetTheLook.

In order to help fuel your ideas we’ll be sharing how-to guides for the blog, to get your creative juices flowing – so stay tuned.

Throughout the summer we’ll be providing advice on how to make the most of getting out into the garden. If you’ve got any specific questions then please get in touch, our friendly team are on hand to help you make the right decisions for your gardening project.

Make sure you enter our competition, and stay tuned to ITV for Love Your Garden!

Win a fruit tree and planting kit worth a total of £170 in our #HDLoveYourGarden competition

To celebrate the third year that Hedges Direct is supporting gardening makeover show Love Your Garden, we’re giving away three fruit trees and planting kits worth a total of £170.

We’re delighted to be once again supplying our products to the popular ITV programme, presented by Alan Titchmarsh. After providing Mature Cherry Laurel hedging in 2013, and mixed native instant hedging, English Lavender, Portuguese Laurel hedging and Box hedging in 2014, we continue our support this season by supplying six metres of Yew instant hedging to appear in episode three of the series, which airs on 7 July.

Creating your dream garden can take years of nurture, maintenance and care, but Love Your Garden provides a helping hand to those in need of a boost, more often than not with tear-jerking results. Last year our donated plants helped transform a wildlife garden at a hospice in Luton, using a combination of native instant hedging and Lavender. And our Box hedging helped surprise the owners of a garden in South London.

HD LYG Competition

For the months of June and July we’ll be offering you a chance to win one of three fruit trees and planting kits:

1st Prize – Cherry tree & tree planting kit (including, stake & tie, rabbit guard and rootgrow)

2nd Prize – Apple tree & tree planting kit (including, stake & tie, rabbit guard and rootgrow)

3rd prize – Apple tree & tree planting kit (including, stake & tie, rabbit guard and rootgrow)

With a total prize value of over £170, this competition is not to be missed.

The competition closes on Friday 24 July at 5pm, and winners will be announced on Monday 27 July. To enter, simply visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page, click on the #HDLoveYourGarden tab and input your details. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. We’d also love to see photographs of your own gardens, tweet us @HedgesDirect with the hashtag #HDLoveYourGarden.

Throughout the summer we’ll be providing advice on how to make the most of getting out into the garden. If you’ve got any specific questions then please get in touch, our friendly team are on hand to help you make the right decisions for your gardening project.

Make sure you enter our competition, and stay tuned to ITV for Love Your Garden!

Hedges Direct and Love your Garden

ove your garden with alan titchmarsh

The wonderful Alan Titchmarsh, the nation’s favourite garden makeover expert, is coming back to our screens this summer with a brand new series of ITV’s Love Your Garden. Love your Garden is now coming up to its fifth season and in the last four years we’ve seen Alan, along with his experienced team, David Domoney, Katie Rushworth, Frances Tophill and a selection of talented landscapers, design and build top-quality (not bish bash bosh like some other garden makeover programmes), beautiful gardens for people who may have experienced tough times or who play a huge part in their local communities – people who deserve their dream garden. The Love your Garden cast work together to transform spaces of all shapes and sizes and overcome challenges, all whilst providing the viewers at home with top garden tips.

You may think you’ll be busy taking notes for your own garden makeover but you’ll also need some tissues at the ready as each episode never fails to tug at your heartstrings. There’s always a tear jerking section of Love your Garden which involves Alan taking some time to discuss with the garden owner what a new garden will mean to them. As hedging suppliers, we realise that gardens can sometimes be sentimental and link to our emotions – they stimulate our senses in many ways and their very existence is good for our overall well-being.
Love your Garden team
In 2013, Hedges Direct became involved with this Alan Titchmarsh show, supplying a rather large quantity of mature Cherry Laurel hedging to plant in a garden in the Midlands.

Then again, during the Love your Garden 2014 series, we were asked to supply more hedging for the show, which included:

English lavender hedging

Everything we contributed towards Love your Garden was supplied completely free of charge. We are proud to be associated with such a heart-warming programme, and over the moon to see Alan Titchmarsh planting our stock.

We hope all the 2013 and 2014 gardens are doing well with our hedging plants as integral elements of the designs and we’re now looking forward to the new series this summer. To take part in the programme, or nominate someone that you think deserves an Alan Titchmarsh garden makeover, find the Love Your Garden application here.

Love Your Garden Hedges

If you tuned into ITV on Tuesday night you will have noticed the Love Your Garden team planting our beautiful Laurel Hedging. There are so many fantastic benefits of hedging that make it a much more viable option to fencing:

Hedges Vs. Fences

  • Hedges are a lot more cost effective than bulk buying fences
  • They require minimal maintenance and may never need replacing
  • Dense hedges create a windbreak for the rest of the garden
  • Hedging can reduce noise and absorb pollution in urban areas
  • They offer privacy whilst also attracting wildlife

As Love Your Garden were working to a deadline, they opted for ‘instant’ hedging. However, it is far more cost-effective to plant younger, smaller hedging plants and care for them whilst they grow. Our Laurel Hedging starts from £1.71, and as you can see from Love Your Garden, they grow up to create a lush, dense hedge.

Love Your Garden - Finished Result

Love Your Garden – Finished Result

Laurel Hedging boasts many benefits. As a fast growing, evergreen hedging plant, it is particularly hardy and will flourish in pretty much all sites, including dry soils or shaded areas. It is fairly low maintenance and only needs pruning once a year in Spring or Summer. It can be pruned into a formal hedge, or kept slightly bushy for a more natural look.

When planting any hedging, we agree with Alan that it is very important to plant properly. We recommend Root Grow, which enables plants to extract nutrients and absorb moisture more efficiently.

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

If you’re interested in Hedging but looking for a different aesthetic, Alan also recommended Pyracantha Hedging Plants. They are an ideal intruder deterrent due to their spiny foliage, and there are three different varieties to choose from which produce, red, orange or yellow berries.

Alan and the team had a huge garden to work with on Tuesday’s show but these looks can still be achieved in smaller spaces. A great way to create a feature filled look in a smaller garden is to utilise your vertical space. Tall, narrow trees are an interesting way to frame the view of any garden. Alan used a beautiful combination of pink and white Crab Apple trees which offer year round interest from their flowers, fruit and autumn colour. Our sister site Ornamental Trees has a wide range of beautiful trees to choose from.

We hope you’re all enjoying the Love Your Garden series as much as we are! Just remember, there are Hedging options available to suit all budgets and gardens.

Don’t forget you will receive 10% off with the Discount Code ALAN until Friday!