Posted: 28/03/2015 at 21:29
We've had to thin down our hedge. I was advised to do one side at a time to let the hedge recover which is what we're doing . It's incredible how much leaf they produce from one little pointy bud. I have to be patient in the spring as it looses it's over wintered leaves and here in the NE it doesn't get going til May.
Clipping in late summer ie taking off some new growth helps it retain it's leaves.
The BFB is a good tip, thank you Dove.
Perhaps growing annual climbers up it would be OK, nasturtiums say, I can't imagine they'd take up much food and you could make a hole with a spike to plant the seeds.