Laurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you don't want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen garden hedge. Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes (4ft, 5ft and 6ft) are bushy and can often create an instant screen if planted close enough.
Magnolia 'Little Gem'-easily controlled to 2.5-3m. Will generally form a clipped block of foliage over time. *Could be used as a "pleached" hedge (stripping the trunk of foliage and promoting foliage on the top half of the plant) so that a second tier of plant material can be included underneath for a more dynamic visual aesthetic.
TOP 10 Best Plants for Hedges and How to Plant Them
If you are thinking about planting a new hedge and have doubts on which plant is the best for you, we are offering a list of the most popular ones so you can choose whichever suits you best. Hedges are a necessary part of every garden, providing privacy, blocking wind or even buffering noise. But most importantly edges provide structure to your garden. Hedging plants are usually budget friendly especially if you buy them bare-rooted.
Leylandii Hedge- Leylandii is a conifer that is the fastest –growing, evergreen, hedging plant and will create a hedge quickly. Because it is fast growing, it is generally the cheapest way of forming an evergreen hedge and hence the most popular.