Hedging & Screening

Natural screening at Hilltop Nurseries

 Trees and shrubs can be an excellent form of instant natural screening to hide neighbours, unsightly buildings, trampolines and provide you with privacy in your garden.  We stock a large selection of trees and shrubs including leylandii, laurel, bamboo, photinia red robin and a selection of pleached trees. 


Leylandi is one of the fastest growing evergreens making it one of the most popular choices for hedging. A Leylandi hedge can make an excellent screen, make a good wind break and also help reduce road noise. They come in 2 varieties, green or gold, gold is slower growing but still makes an excellent hedge.


Photinia, also known as Red Robin and Christmas Berry is a fast growing, primarily evergreen plant, of around 50 species, the most well-known of which is Photinia x Fraseri.

Photinia has dark glossy green leaves and brilliant red young growths and has become popular for its stunning foliage, red leaves that appear on newly formed shoots. New red leaves will grow with regular pruning. Flowers on Photinia are creamy-white and appear in the spring.

Pruning your Photinia hedge throughout the year will help to encourage the red foliage. Prune back after the foliage has faded to a dull bronze. This will ensure further new shoots of growth. Red Robin hedges can be pruned into a formal shape which makes it ideal for a spectacular colourful hedge.

Photinia hedges will grow in a wide range of soils and the roots are not very invasive.  Black spots can appear on the leaves in very cold weather but they can be easily removed and new leaves will quickly grow in its place.


Phyllostachys Bamboo is a fast-growing evergreen plant with tall, cane-like stems full of lush green foliage all year round. The habit of the growth becoming more open towards the top makes it an ideal plant to create evergreen screening and privacy without the problem of completely cutting out light and creating heavy shade. We only sell the clump-forming varieties.


Laurel is an evergreen plant that has dense foliage and is great for making a hedge.  It will grow in most soils, in any aspect and will even tolerate shade.

Prunus laurocerasus or Cherry Laurel as it is commonly known is one of the best plants to use for creating hedges and screening. It has large glossy green leaves, grows very fast and responds well to being cut. If unclipped it produces showy spikes of small creamy, white flowers in spring which are followed by cherry-like fruits (not edible).

Portuguese Laurel hedges (Prunus Lusitanica) are similar in many ways to Cherry Laurel but has a darker green smaller leaf and grows slower and therefor naturally denser.  It will make a stunning hedge and the smaller leaf means it can look neater when clipped. Portuguese Laurel will also flower in spring with flat clusters of small white flowers.


Eucalyptus Gunnii produces rounded, silver-blue new foliage which turn shades of grey-blue and green as it ages. It prefers a south facing position and will tolerate most soils but prefers moist, well drained conditions.  Provides an excellent screen and all year round interest.



Pleached Hornbeam Trees (Carpinus betulus) have deeply veined dark green foliage which turns brown in the winter and clings on to the branches. Hornbeam is great for difficult positions and poor soil.  180cm stem, frame 120cm wide x 150cm tall.  Ideal to plant against a fence to provide extra privacy above an existing fence.


Privet has rich green leaves and forms creamy white flowers in July, which are attractive to butterflies and birds, but are generally clipped away. Privet is almost indestructible once established and a very popular choice.  It is quite fast growing and is resistant to pollution making it popular in urban and suburban gardens. Grows well in virtually anywhere. Available also in variegated.