- Reccomend me a………………..hedge
privet is the traditional option. some hedges round our way are beech, which means the leaves go brown – and sometimes they drop off too.
if you want secure as well as screening, try something prickly like berberis or holly, both of which are also pretty ornamental with the flowers & then the berriesPosted 6 years agoDavyMember
Beech. Yew. Laurel. Hawthorn.
Beech: Slow growing, looks great, trim it and it’ll retain (brown) leaves through the winter.
Yew: Very slow growing, but evergreen, easy to trim, and WILL block out your neighbours.
Laurel: Fairly fast growing, but easy to control and evergreen.
Hawthorn: Fairly fast growing, but easy to control. Will be partially see through in winter. Thorns will keep anything bigger than a hedgehog out. Triming will drop said tyre poppers all over the place.
Got all 4 in our garden, and the only one I want rid of is the more prolific hawthorn, but only because it’s not so nice in the winter.Posted 6 years agonickjbSubscriber
We’ve planted a mix of various native hedge plants, about 6 different ones. Should be nice when it grows. You can’t beat a bit of beech but ours didn’t take, maybe wrong soil so I replaced those with hornbeam. Looks the same to me but it seems happier. It does grow pretty slowly so you really need to splash out on some fairly mature plants, though.Posted 6 years agomeftyMember
A few thoughts as I have been researching this area.
If you read Monty Don he will tell you not to be seduced by mature plants. The theory being a mature plant takes longer to recover from being moved than a younger one and as a result a younger one will soon catch up and cost considerably less.
Growth is dependent upon how you look after it much more than plant type.
Beech tends to thrive on chalk and other well draining soil, hornbeam thrives well where beech often does not.
The best way of finding out what works is to go round your area looking at what hedging plants have been used – especially in older properties.Posted 6 years agothepuristSubscriber
The nearest to a moon-on-a-stick option would be Thuja plicata/Western Red Cedar – coniferous, looks a bit like Leylandii but grows slower. And unlike Leylandii you can prune it hard and it will regenerate so if it does get too big you can still get a decent hedge back rather than a row of stumps.Posted 6 years agomosSubscriber
We were looking at leylands, for a 25M long screen in front of a big wall but went for laurels instead. We have some leylands elsewhere in the garden that the prev owner let get too big (8′ thick & 20′ high) the problem is, if you cut back past the greenery it doesn’t grow back so we’re stuck with about 80 frikkin 8′ thick trees that when you look down on them from above look shocking cos we had to top them as they were too tall.Posted 6 years ago
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