The English Yew hedge plant, is the king of hedging. It is native, evergreen, dense, slow growing (so easy maintenance) and good in shade. It really doesn't like wet, heavy clay soils but otherwise, it's very easy to grow. Yew is one of the few evergreen species that can cope with being grown as a bare root plant so in autumn/winter (they're available November to early April - sometimes late March) this is a really economic way to establish a new Yew hedge. Availlable in packs of 25 or 50 bare roots and grows 20-40cm per year.
Bare Root hedging plants are a great, cost-effective way for you to achieve your hedging goals. They are grown in an open environment, exposed to natural conditions, which allows these plants to develop with no restrictions. When opting for this root type, you will receive well established plants with sturdy root systems as a result of their growing method. Given the way in which they are grown, bare rooted plants are available from November until May as this is the time of year when the plants are dormant and can be safely lifted from the field. This category mostly consists of native, deciduous hedging species which many of them flower and/or berry so they make great hedges for wildlife and provide seasonal interest.