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06/09/2013 at 21:40

Hi,

We've just bought a property and would loe to add a bit of life to it from the front by planting a fast growing plant to form a hedge. It cannot be too wide as there will be no space for the bins we also have to keep in the garden. My property front looks similar as in this picture below. I literalyy need something that will grow fast over the fence and not too wide. Please help guys!

http://imganuncios.mitula.net/2_bedroomed_terraced_house_in_greater_london_98588740568263373.jpg

 Mant thanks,

 

06/09/2013 at 21:50

Is your garden in sun all day, in the shade all day or a bit of both? What type of soil do uou have? Dry? clay? A bit more info would help us start thinking.

11/09/2013 at 10:40

There's a fairly good "narrow it down" facility on the crocus website.

http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/vid.8/

That should be "fairly quick-growing" hedging plants on 2 pages, and this should be "yes they are quick-growing" hedging plants, of which there are 2:

http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/vid.6/

Then again, they could have some session-specific thing going on with the URLs.

Anyway, the 2 are field maple and oval leaf privet. I don't know the maple but we've got Japanese privet here and it grows like a weed. Fast, yes. Low-maintenance, no. That's the balance you're going to have to strike. The faster it grows the more work you have to do to keep it down once it's as big as you want it. Incidental tip: prune it back every year even before it's up to height so it bushes out and grows dense. Otherwise you get a line of bare trunks.

There was a thread about something similar to this earlier. Someone wanted a front wall to be livelier and provide some privacy. It was a rather longer wall than the one shown, in front of a larger garden, so the ideas may not translate well from there to here, but I think I suggested either one or two wisteria (on a really sturdy trellis) for a neat semi-formal style or a mixture of all the climbing honeysuckles and akebias he could find for a more casual style. This ... may be a bit overwhelming if grown that close to the front window.

If you want something prettier and less daunting, you could try mixing "climbing" roses, which don't actually climb in my experience but will provide a lovely feature. I got two dozen blooms from one stem this year, but I'd suggest planting several. I never went for the Alice in Wonderland gardens myself (every single one of them the same shade of red) but it's an option. I'd go for ...

http://crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/20/00/01/00/PL2000010020_card_lg.jpg

 

http://crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/00/00/00/11/PL0000001161_card_lg.jpg

 

http://crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/00/00/00/11/PL0000001195_card_lg.jpg

 

http://crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/00/00/07/79/PL0000077991_card_lg.jpg

 

http://crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/00/00/00/11/PL0000001181_card_lg.jpg

 

http://crocus.co.uk/images/products2/PL/00/00/00/11/PL0000001178_card_lg.jpg

 Feel free to crowd them together a little, as long as you're going t

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