For all of us the weather will have an effect on how our gardens grow. You only have to look at our coastlines and moorlands to see the ways trees and shrubs are sculpted by nature.

To cultivate the plants you want, you may need to sacrifice some of the plants at the extremities of your garden as they will be the first to take the brunt of the elements. On a small scale site you can plant hedges and screens, both formal and informal, and on a larger scale site you can plant shelterbelts, both delivering protection to provide that wind reduced sanctuary within.

Hedges can also be planted within a site to break up the wind even more and allow microclimates to be developed within the garden. These microclimates allow a greater diversity of plants to grow successfully, as with protection from the wind, you will create shelter which allows higher temperatures to be sustained.

We have a collection of evergreen and deciduous plants available some of which are salt tolerant such as Elaeagnus, Griselinia, Olearia’s and Quercus Ilex all forming part of our shelterbelt and hedging collection to help you achieve your plant protection ambitions.

If you can plan and plant your shelterbelt prior to planting your main garden, both will be established quicker and the land required is then prepared for the task, without trying to provide protection at a later date.

As a guide, the best performing wind-break is a 50/50 hit and miss timber or plastic structure. Hedges offer a similar dynamic and this optimal wind break offers, for every one metre in height, ten metres of protection on a diminishing scale behind it.

To view our selection of shelterbelt and hedging plants, click here to view our stock list.