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Is there a fast (ish) growing hedging plant that will be easy to keep and will grow up rather than out? I'm looking for something that is low maintenance as my neighbour complains if branches go out into her area. My neighbours look over my fence, but I don't have enough space for a wide plant like eleagnus. The soil is thick clay, its pretty dry and in a sunny spot. Suggestions please, thank you, freckled hen!
nutcutlet

Most hedging plants grow up and out, they have to be clipped to keep them in bounds. Fast growers will need clipping even more often.

I can't think of anything that would go up quickly without spreading sideways.

A fence maybe, with climbers on your side?

An upright form of Ilex Crenata?

Fairygirl

 Could you add some trellis on your side to give more height for the climbers that nut suggests?

As a hedge, I can only think of things like Pyracantha which will grow against your fence happily.

And the nosy neighbours will get a face full of prickles to keep them away...

Unfortuately my neighbout put the fence up and is protective of it, I'm pretty convinced shed be very unhappy with attachments to it. I've even considered attaching trellis to a structure in planters next to the fence..or even wigwams and planters.

I'll have a look at the pyracanthia.

Thank you so much for you responses..maybe plastic instant plants like fake bamboo will suffice..anything to stop the rude looks and comments.

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