Ilex Crenata Convexa Hedging – Japanese Holly Hedge: an ideal alternative to Box

Evergreen Ilex Crenata Hedging will form a neat, compact and long lasting hedge relatively quickly and it won’t get Box blight!

Ilex Crenata Hedging (Japanese Holly Hedge) is a blight-free shrub that is similar in appearance to Box (Buxus Sempervirens) but is faster growing yet just as easy to prune and maintain (once per year will suffice). With its small, dark green leaves, Ilex Crenata (Japanese Holly) is quite often mistaken for Box. Native to the Japanese Highlands, Ilex Crenata is a hardy and handsome evergreen shrub. It is in fact a perfect hedging plant, particularly if you are based in an area that is suffering (or has recently suffered) from the dreaded Box Blight.

Very attractive leave shape and colour of Ilex Crenata Convexa

Very attractive leave shape and colour of Ilex Crenata Convexa

As our climate warms, more and more gardeners are witnessing an increasing level of box blight which can have a decimating effect on Box (Buxus Sempervirens) hedges and box borders. When this happens, most garden advisors including the RHS will recommend the best course of action is to change your hedge.

Has your garden suffered from Box Blight?
If you are in an area that has suffered from the dreaded Box Blight, Ilex Crenata Convexa hedging (Japanese Holly Hedge) is an excellent alternative or substitute. As a hedging plant in its own right, there is much to commend Ilex Crenata Convexa Hedging (Japanese Holly Hedge). It’s small, rounded foliage is similar to Box. It is a gorgeous shade of dark green and has a dense compact form. Ilex Crenata Convexa will happily grow in any soil type. In terms of height, it can grow to 3 to 4 metres tall and has been known to live for over 100 years.

Our Ilex Crenata Convexa Hedging plants are a nice bushy shape and already 1.25 metres tall (excluding the pot size). UK wide deliveries with free delivery for orders over £250! Shop Now!

Our Ilex Crenata Convexa Hedging plants are a nice bushy shape and already 1.25 metres tall

Our Ilex Crenata Convexa Hedging plants are a nice bushy shape and already 1.25 metres tall

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Azaleas – Our New Collection

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Azaleas have been prized by European gardeners since they arrived on our shores hundreds of years ago, these showy flowering shrubs are native to the Far East, Middle East and The Americas and they are part of the genus Rhododendron. Continue reading

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Camellia Japonica – it’s almost time….

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Cornus Kousa and Cornus Florida – these Flowering Dogwoods take the ornamental tree to new heights!

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Belonging to the Cornus genus, Cornus Kousa and Cornus Florida (a genus commonly known as flowering dogwoods) have long been used as ornamental trees for gardens and landscapes. Compact and upright in shape, Cornus ornamental trees generally don’t get overly big. They tend to flower profusely and these flowers last for a quite a long time (as they are in fact bracts). Although there are 3 families of Cornus (flowering dogwood), Cornus Kousa (Chinese Flowering Dogwood) and Cornus Florida (American Flowering Dogwood) are best suited to our UK climate. Continue reading

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Why we love Cherry Laurel Hedging (and some great Cherry Laurel offers)

Take a look at this rather lovely cherry laurel hedge, framing a north-facing wall in this courtyard. Not only does it provide a luscious evergreen screen (from the concrete wall behind), it looks good all year round, with its shapely evergreen leaves in a very attractive mid green with the new growth appearing a vibrant brighter green. Continue reading

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