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I recently had a quote for an espalier beech hedge. I initially laughed then cried inside when I heard the price. So, possibly very stupidly decided to try and do something myself.
I have a low garden wall (approx. 18") and I want to grow a hedge so that it looks to be sitting neatly on top of the wall from the outside.
I have been advised to use Photinia Red Robin. However, I have some reservations. I suspect it will be difficult to keep it 'neat' as I understand it likes to be kept 'natural'. I also believe that it doesn't like being kept to a narrow footprint (I only really want it 5' wide so it doesn't take up too much garden).
Is Photinia Red Robin a good idea and how close can it be planted to the wall (I am considering getting 'instant hedge' in a troughs). Total hedge length is 13 meters.
Photinias can be iffy Danstar - many threads on here relating to the issues. Do you want an evergreen hedge or does that not matter?
Instant hedging will be very expensive too - whatever variety you go for!
I'm sure an already espaliered hedge would be expensive but beech hedging plants won't be. You can do your own training.
It's nearly the end of bare-root despatching time though