Planting Protection

using plants to help secure your garden

  • Hostile plants are those that sting or have thorns - a great deterrent to potential thieves.
  • Use hostile plants such as hawthorn or holly to supplement existing boundaries
  • As a beneficial by-product, hostile plants offer good homes to wildlife
  • Use hostile plants around drainpipes and below windows.
  • Ensure trees and shrubs are well pruned - especially near outbuildings and expensive garden items
  • Hostile plants as identified at
  • Some plants can be dangerous, particularly to young children. A useful list of these can be found at 
  • Don't let Tommy T Leaf get away with it - protect your property today.

Tommy T-Leaf Loves

  • dislikesPlaces to hide
  • dislikesPlaces to work undetected

Tommy T-Leaf Hates

  • Cuts and scratches
  • Leaving DNA evidence

Hostile Planting Guide

For more complete details of hostile and other plants, please visit
holly Holly, which makes an excellent hedge and can grow to 6 – 15m high if allowed to.
gorse Gorse, which grows well in exposed areas but it is a slow grower and rarely exceeds 1.5m.
blackthorne Blackthorn, a medium fast grower, which can reach the same height as Holly (the added advantage is that its berries can be used to make sloe gin).
hawthorne Hawthorn, a slow grower, but it will flourish in most types of ground. Can reach anywhere between 1 – 5m.
pyracantha Pyracantha (Firethorn) is particularly useful for growing up walls or fences. It will grow almost anywhere as long as it gets some sun, and can reach 4m high.


If you have any information about garden crime, you can call anonymously on this freephone number:

0800 555 111

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