They include various types of holly, as well as berberis, hawthorn and pyracantha. The one thing they have in common, as I have already discovered, is they are very, very prickly.
They will fill in any gaps in the hedge and (hopefully) in time provide a vibrant mixture of brightly coloured berries and flowers.
That’s the long-term objective. For now, it’s time to get out the spades and trowels; and to order in extra supplies of embrocation for Retired Bloke’s back.