Encouraging Wildlife To Your Dorset Garden

Planting A Wildlife Friendly Hedge, Wimborne, Dorset

This client, in Wimborne, requested I come up with a wildlife friendly hedge planting idea to replace some leylandii that had recently been taken out at the far end of the garden. The position of the new hedge would be in full sun, with free draining soil.

Evergreens to add interest and privacy in Winter

To make the new hedging ‘wildlife friendly’, two thirds was to be planted with evergreens to add interest and also give privacy during the winter months.

I was happy to oblige and came up with the idea that Holly – Ilex aquifolium, Common Beech – Fagus sylvatica, Copper Beech – Fagus sylvatica purpurea would work well together, and also giving nesting sites, food and protection for birds and other wildlife.

I also included the highly scented Hawthorn – Crataegus monogynan (May tree), which produces fragrant white or pink blossom, followed by dark red fruits in the autumn.  Also chose Privet – Ligustrum ovalifolium, which along with the holly will hold on to most of its leaves during the colder months and is host to all types of insects and wildlife.

Wild hedge roses to give interest in the Summer

To finish off, some wild hedge roses – Rosa canina (Dog rose) were also planted giving interest during the summer, with clusters of single white or pink scented flowers.

I look forward to returning to this garden at some point to see how this Wimborne wildlife friendly hedge is coming along.

[Below: Photos of the new wildlife hedge, at Wimborne, Dorset.]

Do you want a wildlife friendly hedge in your Dorset garden?