Hedges and Shrubs

Ready to achieve your hedge goals in a hurry? Our Ready, Set, Hedge!™ selections have a healthy head start! Each shrub plant is nurtured in ideal soil conditions up until harvest time--for better roots and guaranteed hedge success.

A fast-growing hedge row starts with the roots!

Our mature plants come from Holland, Michigan where the soil is ideal for growing healthy root systems for hedges and shrubs; an advantage you won't find at other retailers.

  • Grown in healthy sandy loam with low pathogen rate.
  • Larger overall root systems that aren't "pot bound".
  • More fine root hairs for increased nutrient uptake and faster establishment.
Shrub Roots

This is what healthy shrub roots look like. Our fibrous, field-grown root systems acclimate quickly to their new environment thanks to hundreds of fine root hairs that optimize nutrient uptake.

Pot Bound Roots

This is what pot-bound roots look like. If you've ever bought shrubs at your local nursery or home improvement store, you may have seen this before. Stuck in a small pot, roots have no place to go and take longer to recover after planting.

Gurney's Ready, Set, Hedge!™ plants are grown in the rich, healthy soil of Holland, Michigan

For decades growers have boasted over Michigan soil, and for good reason. The rare, nutrient rich sandy loam just inland from Lake Michigan, produces some of the best performing trees and shrubs you can find.

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Plant Sizes

Planting sizes up to 4 ft. tall.

We have plant sizes to fit every landscape need and every budget. Our largest sizes arrive with years of growth already behind them--perfect for creating instant privacy, beauty or property boundaries.

Money Saving

Money-saving multi-packs.

When planning a proper hedge, consider the space you want to fill and the spread of your chosen shrub variety. Usually, multiple plants are required. We created our 3-, 5- and 10- plant bundles with this in mind--the more you buy, the more you save.

Gurney's Shipping

Shipped right to your door.

No need to borrow a truck or put down a tarp in the back of your SUV. No spilled dirt when the pots in the back inevitably tip over on the ride home. Our healthy shrubs ship right to your door at the perfect time for planting in your area.

Hedges from Gurney's

Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. has proudly been one of the US's leading seed and nursery companies since 1886. Our team of horticultural experts routinely explore and test plant varieties that will appeal to long-time gardening enthusiasts and beginners alike. Gurney's horticulturists plant a variety of hedges here on our farm and study them to ensure the hedges we sell are as high-yielding, disease-resistant, and as easy and quick to plant as possible. Our hedge plants for sale are fast-growing and known for successful flowering.

Learn more about hedges and proper care below.

Choosing the Right Hedges

To choose the right hedges for sale that best fit your preferences, you'll first need to know about the different subtypes.

Flowering Hedges

Flowering hedges offer any garden or yard vibrant color when they bloom in spring and summer. From lovely lilacs to dramatic dogwoods, these plants add personality wherever planted. Use flowering hedges to spruce up an otherwise bland area, or simply to add more beauty in your garden.

Winter Hedges

Winter can feel a bit drab after the color and vitality plants bring us throughout the rest of the year fades. Planting winter hedges, however, can keep some life around your yard or garden all year. Evergreen hedges ensure you'll always have visual interest and vegetation to fill out your space.

Pollinator-Friendly Hedges

Flowers aren't the only way to attract pollinators. Certain hedges are highly appealing to butterflies, birds, bees, and other insects. If attracting pollinators is a goal of yours, consider planting lilac hedges, cherry trees, or snowball hedges, just to name a few.

Deer-Resistant Hedges

It's a big disappoint to plant and tend to your garden only to have deer eat away at it. Keep your garden safe and flourishing by planting deer-resistant hedges. Deer are rarely interested in evergreen and deciduous hedges, so if you're concerned about them snacking on your hard work, add these plants that are almost guaranteed to remain undisturbed by deer.

Windbreaker Hedges

Wind can be a nuisance when you're relaxing in your backyard. It can also damage delicate plants and escalate your utility bills. Combat this by planting windbreaker hedges. These larger, denser plants help to block and redirect wind.

Privacy Hedges

A privacy hedge is ideal to plant around the perimeter of your property or anywhere you want a screen. This plant provides visual privacy from neighbors and passersby, as well as a sound barrier. These types of plants also prevent people and wildlife from coming onto your property.

Hedges: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase

To help your hedges flourish, there are a few things to know about their care.

Getting Started With Hedges

Once you know which type of hedges you want, look for a variety appropriate to your climate if you live in an area with more extreme weather conditions. Those further north will want to look for cold-hardy hedges, and those in hotter, dryer conditions will want to find plants that can tolerate heat and possible drought.

When to Plant Hedges

Hedges grow best when planted in cooler months, so opt to plant them in the fall. The cooler air and soil temperatures will reduce the amount of stress put on the plant, allowing roots to take better hold and become stronger. In southern areas, you may even want to wait until winter. Pick a time that is cool but far from freezing.

How to Plant Hedges

  1. Prep the soil. If your soil is poor, mix in compost to add nutrients to the soil and help with water retention and drainage.
  2. Measure your hedges. Check the maximum width your variety of hedge grows to and find a location where you have the space to fit the number of plants you have. Mark the width with flags or another material so you know things have been properly spaced.
  3. Dig a trench. Make sure your trench is 12 inches deep and roughly 20 inches wide.
  4. Plant your hedge. With your plant where you want it, fill in the hole with your soil. Gently cover the roots with soil, careful not to pat it down so tightly that the roots can't get air.
  5. Water, mulch, and fertilize. Water well after planting, and surround the base of the plant with one or two inches of mulch to protect the roots and retain water. Fertilize the hedges with a slow-release fertilizer to help them take off.

When to Trim Hedges

It's best to trim hedges when they're dormant, which is fall to early spring. It's critical to not prune these plants when the weather is too cold or too hot. Prune them before freezing temperatures hit, and be sure not to prune during hot, dry weather. To avoid leaf burn, choose a cool, overcast day.

How to Trim Hedges

You can trim your hedges with electric or hand-held pruners. Just be sure whatever tool you use is sharp to avoid unnecessary stress to the plant. Eyeball the size and shape you want your hedge to be, and take your time in trimming off the tips. To help sunlight reach the base of your plant, cut the top portion a little shorter than the bottom.

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