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Spindle topiary, featuring varieties such as Japanese Spindle, Golden Japanese Spindle, and Bravo Japanese Spindle, offers a unique opportunity to infuse gardens and landscapes with meticulously sculpted greenery, characterised by vibrant colours and versatile forms. These selections are celebrated for their dense foliage, ease of shaping, and the striking visual impact they bring to any outdoor space, making them a favoured choice for adding structure, elegance, and artistic flair.

Dense Foliage and Artistic Flexibility
The dense, lush foliage of Spindle varieties is ideal for topiary, providing a rich, green canvas for crafting a wide array of shapes and forms. Japanese Spindle is known for its vibrant green leaves that lend themselves well to precise trimming and shaping. Golden Japanese Spindle adds a splash of colour with its gold-edged leaves, offering a luminous contrast against traditional green landscapes. Bravo Japanese Spindle stands out with its variegated green and white foliage, adding depth and texture to topiary creations. These varieties can be expertly sculpted into classic topiary forms such as balls, cones, and spirals, as well as bespoke shapes, allowing for creative expression and customization in garden design.

Easy Maintenance and Robust Growth
Spindle topiaries are remarkably low maintenance, thriving in a range of soil types and conditions. They exhibit robust growth, ensuring that topiary forms fill in quickly and maintain their shape with minimal effort. Regular pruning not only keeps these topiaries looking sharp and well-defined but also promotes healthy growth and dense foliage. Their adaptability and resilience to pruning make Spindle topiaries a practical choice for both formal gardens and more casual, contemporary settings.

Environmental Benefits and Safety
Beyond their decorative appeal, Spindle topiaries offer significant environmental benefits. They provide habitats for wildlife and attract pollinators with their flowers, contributing to the biodiversity of the garden ecosystem. Recognized for their low toxicity, these plants are a safe addition to gardens, ensuring that their beauty can be enjoyed without concern for the well-being of pets and children.

Versatile Use in Landscaping
Available in a variety of forms, Spindle topiaries like Japanese Spindle, Golden Japanese Spindle, and Bravo Japanese Spindle are ideally suited for enhancing garden landscapes. Whether used to frame entranceways, line pathways, or serve as elegant focal points, these topiaries bring a sense of sophistication and natural artistry. Their ability to be shaped and maintained with ease makes them a valuable addition to any garden looking to incorporate elements of design and structure through living sculptures.

Incorporating Spindle topiary into your garden with Harrod Outdoors means choosing a feature that combines aesthetic beauty with practical benefits and environmental consciousness. With their striking foliage, straightforward maintenance, and versatility in design, Spindle topiaries offer a distinctive way to enrich your outdoor spaces, creating a landscape that is both visually captivating and harmoniously integrated with nature.

In our range of hedging, we have plants native from all around the world, in different sizes and colours and so it is important that you choose the best hedge for you and your garden. The hedging plants are available in different densities and root types, all which require different shadings and soil types that will affect the success growth rate of your hedge.

A common mistake by some customers is choosing a hedge purely based on its colours and appearance, without checking if the conditions of their garden are suitable for the hedging. This results in the hedging not growing well and the customer is left disappointed. For example, some gardens are more shaded and so hedging plants like Green Beech and Red Robin wouldn’t be ideal. There are also gardens in open areas where hedging like hornbeam won’t offer any wind protection and so a denser hedging like Leylandii would have been a better choice.

We are very proud of our design product filter on our store page that can help ensure you will receive the perfect hedge for you. The filter works by entering your garden’s information and then giving you the ideal hedging options that are guaranteed to grow well in your garden providing you maintain the hedge following our expert advice.

Hedging is a great alternative to fencing or brick walls for your garden because it adds more colour and nature to your garden, whilst being the most affordable option. Some of our smaller hedging plants can create a brilliant hedge for just under £100 and the hedging will last for years, providing you take our advice on how to maintain the hedge.

By using hedging as an alternative to brick walls and fencing for the boundaries of your garden, you can create the illusion of extra space and they can be used to create patterns and structures that will elevate your garden’s beauty.  The hedging, especially our denser species, will still offer amazing privacy for your garden, as well as wind and noise protection.

At Harrods Outdoor, we are passionate about the environment and will always encourage people to make their gardens as green as possible to help our planet and our local wildlife. Planting hedging is a great way to do this as it can provide food and shelter for birds and insects, especially for those in an urban area where the wildlife may struggle to find a home.

Including hedging to your garden can also increase both the appearance and value of your property, as research shows property has a higher price on roads containing hedging and trees. The use of it in a landscaped garden can also attract more buyers for your home.

The technique of planting hedging will differ slightly depending on the root type and the species, but often the process is the same and not too difficult. We have created these step by step instructions below to help you with the process, but as always if you have any further questions feel free to email or ring us for our help.

  1. Mark out the area where you want to plant your hedge, you can work this out by using the number of hedging plants you have and dividing it by our recommended plants per meter.
  2. When you have the chosen length of your hedge, mark it out with a bit of string so you have a straight line.
  3. Then mark out the width of you hedge, this is usually just double the width of your root system.
  4. Once you happy with how the markings look, you can dig out your trench. When digging, it’s important to dig down about double the depth of the roots of the hedging.
  5. If you can, you should enrich your soil with good organic matter and nutrients (compost, manure or a fertilising mixture will work well). This isn’t mandatory but is highly recommend for healthy strong root growth.
  6. Pack your soil down so that when you add your plants, their stems will start right where the soil starts. Be sure to remove any air pockets during this process to avoid any front damage to the plants during winter.
  7. Now add your plants, remembering to use our planting density recommendation to ensure your roots have enough space to grow without disturbing the neighbouring plants.
  8. Add the soil back around the plants so they are buried nicely underground.
  9. Finally, you should water the plants, which will help them to root into the ground faster and push any remaining air pockets to the surface, removing the risk of frost.

After care is just as important as this planting process, you need to to ensure that you plants are well watered for the first year or two until the roots go deep enough to maintain enough water by themselves. You can also add more nutrients like bone meal through the first few years to ensure the hedging has a strong growth, but if your soil is already rich in nutrients, this won’t be needed.

With bare root plants it is important to ensure that when you are planting the hedge, the ground is not frozen and if there is a delay when you’re planting them, ensure they are kept warm and the roots are kept moist. When you plant bare root hedging it is a good idea to coat the roots in a rooting gel to help the plant roots grow faster at the start of the growing season. This gel or powder can be found on, or many garden centres as well. When planting root balls you don’t have to move the burlap or net packaging around the roots you can just plant them how they are as the burlap will dissolve over time and decay into nothing but more food for the plant.

As well as this, the planting density should always be correct because roots need enough space to absorb enough nutrients, vitamins and water, but don’t plant them too far away also as you will lose the appearance of a thick hedge. We have provided a recommended planting density for you to follow for each product to ensure you get the best growth possible.

Our larger specimens typically have a lower planting density, around 2 or 3 plants per metre. But for our smaller plants we recommend the planting density to be around 5 to 7 plants per metre. This is because our bigger plants cover a much larger area so there are fewer needed to create the ideal thick hedge you desire. Our larger plants are slightly more expensive than our smaller ones, but it is noteworthy that you will need to plant less larger plants per meter so you can save money by buying less plants in the first place.



We are proud of our efficient delivery service of our hedging, where we take the time to water and feed the plants before they are packaged for delivery to ensure the plants are of the highest standard whilst still keeping our prices low. We always have multiple people working on our website and phones to ensure our customers are always updated and able to have their questions heard. We are also proud of our eco-friendly standards, in which we make sure we re-use our pots, reducing our use of single-use products. Harrods Outdoor actively supports Ecosia,, a search engine that funds the planting of trees across the planet to counter the effects of deforestation.