The Kind of Hedging; English Yew. Yew hedging, also referred to by its Latin name Taxus baccata, boasts stunning dark-green, conifer foliage that is easy to maintain and trim, and has a slow growth rate. Yew is the perfect hedge plant for shaping formal displays. If you’re looking to create a dense, evergreen hedging display that can also transform into a privacy screen privacy screen hedge, or be used to help reduce noise, Taxus baccata is worth considering.
Best features: Evergreen foliage, year-round interest, slow growing for easy maintenance
Ideal height: 1-4m
Growth rate: 20-40cm per year
Planting conditions: Any normal soil (or dry if watered), sun to full shade, exposed inland