Hedging Plants for Wet Soils

There are very few hedging species that can cope with standing water and unfortunately, no evergreens can cope with a really waterlogged situation. Normally we give our top five recommendations but in this case, we’re limiting ourselves to the best two which are:

  • Alder (Alnus glutinosa) – a very attractive leaf and male and female fruits which look completely different from each other and often stay on the tree most of winter – deciduous.   It’s also really good for improving the soil by fixing nitrogen – although it’s not one of the most familiar species for hedging, it’s well worth considering for wet soils prone to being waterlogged
  • Willow (Salix capraea) – really good on the edge of water or very wet soils – deciduous with gorgeous catkins

If the soil is wet but not waterlogged, there’s a bit more choice including some evergreens

  •     Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
  •     Dogwood (Cornus alba, Cornus sibirica and Cornus stolonifera)
  •     Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)
  •     Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
  •     Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  •     June Berry (Amelanchier lamarckii)
  •     Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – evergreen
  •     Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) – evergreen
  •     Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica Crotonifolia) – evergreen
  •     Rowan (Sorbus acuparia)
  •     Western Red Cedar (Thuya or Thuja) –evergreen