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Lavender makes a beautiful hedge and bees love it. Fuchsia ditto.  A mixed hedge of native shrubs and trees is there for centuries and a benefit to mankind.

Kate Bradbury

If you're planting a big hedge, a mixed, native hedge is a great idea, as happymarion2 suggests. Make it an 'edible' hedge too - grow your own hazelnuts, sloes, rosehips, crab apples, elderberries and wild pears. Anything you don't eat will be eaten by the birds in winter, while the flowers will provide a long season of pollen and nectar for insects.


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