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An interesting way to create a contemporary and stylish statement - a hedge with a difference. Yew (Taxus baccata) would be the best plant for this purpose.


Taxus baccata (Yew) is another evergreen that produces bird-friendly berries. Like all of the large trees I'm considering, it requires maintenance to keep it to a usable size. The question I have with yew is that it's so typically pruned into smooth formal shapes, that I have no idea how to insert it amongst tangled bushy arching stems.


How to do box, properly, & not for the sake of it, go no further than, learning from the master, Dan Pearson. - great texture contrasts Taxus baccata balls


Taxus baccata (English yew) topiary cones come in a range of heights from 140-300 cm. Its relatively slow growth rate means that yew topiary only needs to be clipped once a year in late summer to maintain its shape.


[Part 1 of 2] Four season garden design by Adrian Bloom uses one shrub, Cornus alba Aurea, one conifer, Taxus baccata Robusta, one grass, Hakonechloa macra and one perennial, black Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens to create a scene of year round interest. NOTE: Hakonechloa are not evergreen in New England but plenty of other ornamental grasses are.


In Winter - if your garden is not likely to be covered in snow all winter, this planting can still add drama to the winter season, here on a frosty morning which sunlight can transform as it touches the stems and foliage

from the Guardian

In pictures: Six of Britain's oldest trees

The Ankerwycke yew There may be yew trees in Britain that are older but the 31-ft wide yew (Taxus baccata) found in the ruined priory of Ankerwycke in Berkshire has witnessed at least 2,000 years of history and myth-making. It is said to have been the spot where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 and is rumoured to be where Henry VIII conducted his first liaisons with Anne Boleyn. Many yews are found close to abbeys or in church yards.


Sogetsu Freestyle Materials: Phormium tenax purpurea, Aspidistra, Taxus baccata, Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart', plaited Equisetum, lime green decorative wire