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Ideas for a 38m hedge

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 20:49

How about hydrangea peteilaris against the wall? Doe too any damage to the brickwork and will cover it 

have seen a lovely hedge of mixed pyracantha with orange and red berries. Prickly so a good security barrier. 

Colour matching

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 15:08

Well caught lovely picture. 

Plant identification help!

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 15:06

Bobs right about the vine weevil. Am wondering if the plant is a skimmia? But a prunus is more likely 

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Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:24

Pauline has a good idea in documenting what you've got and have done. I know you have a blank canvas at the moment, but that is a good thing. You can start from scratch without clearing weeds and rubbish away.  You will be surprised that even doing a small section will lift the soul. I hope you are able to enjoy this And the fruits of you labour.

Thinking of fruit - would you like to be able to pick an apple or pear from your tree and eat it? There are local varieties of apples for example that are unlikely to be commercially grown that are local to your area. E.g. Worcester Permain Was originally grown in Worcester. Others grown for their specific location like altitude, some may not thrive at higher levels. A bit of time researching and getting a good local fruit tree will give you blossom, autumn colour and a crop too. And can be used as a starting point for one area of your garden. 

What style of garden do you want Is also a consideration.

Hedges Drop Green Leaves and Die

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:14

So they suddenly just drop their leaves without turning brown first? Sorry have just re-read your first post, yes they do. Is it the plants in the same spot you are loosing? Or have they been different plants along the hedgeline. 

Has the soil prep been ok? Sorry if this sounds awful, but did you put them into just soil or was into soil that has been improved with water retaining compost, etc,

am not surprised you have hedge envy after all of your efforts and expense too. It should be glorious after all of this.  Is there a barrier on the other side to protect or buffer the winds? Opposite this hedge I mean, out of the picture. A hedge or fence will buffer the wind for about 10x it's height in length. 

Maybe you need a combination of more water, a bit of protection and a mulch? Is there a soak hose you can use rather than a sprinkler? 

Hedges Drop Green Leaves and Die

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:39

That's disappointing for sure. There is a lot of greenery behind them, taking much moisture and nutrients from the soil. When small you may provide them with enough water, but when it's hot, maybe it's just not enough. Which is why they fail when they get to a decent size. Hasn't most of California had a very very long drought? That may have also had a contributory factor too. They probably thrive in England as its cooler and wetter than LA. Just a thought Are they on the top of a bank, or does the ground fall away behind them? The raised portion would be dryer than the lower portion, which is great if you want drainage, but for moisture retention it doesn't help much. Have you put a mulch of something on the top of the soil after a good soaking? Would help to stop the evaporation of the water 

Aeonium zwartkop

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:21

Has it been sitting in the water you given it? 

The leaves on mine just dry and drop off as the stem grows. When it gets too leggy I chop the top 6" of stem off and just plunge the top into the compost, which should be gritty for good drainage. That's it's normal growth. I'd be concerned if the base of the stem was soft and beginning to rot, if the stem has remained firm, continue with what you're doing. Mine also looses its dark brown colour and becomes more green ish in lower light levels over winter, and darkens again in the summer.  Is probably ok. 

Ideas for a 38m hedge

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 23:15

Yep that's what I would suggest too, they will take a couple of years to get into their stride, but then will be really good, and is easy to replace if you have any losses If it's mixed. If you've got blackthorn, rose hips, elder flower and berries, you've got the makings of a good harvest too for making stuff, including the winter tipples. I'd add in the odd holly too, then that's Christmas decorations taken care of. 

The only problem with fast growing is it continues to grow fast when 'its  got to the height you want it to reach, so will be tough to maintain and keep in check. 

If the wall in the picture is the one you want to hide - how close to the wall do you want to plant? And is it your wall? If it's not yours, you may be obliged to allow space for occasional Maintenance. Right next to the wall any hedge might take longer to get established And need more TLC. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 22:55

Hi Ripply,

there is no such thing as a stupid question, don't worry about how silly or maybe basic you think the question is, ask away. The daft thing is not asking and getting demoralised If there are losses or mistakes. 

On the subject of mistakes, we've all made them, and nature has a habit of laughing at us occasionally too. The NGS scheme expects the gardens to be of a high standard, and for me unattainable in my plot as I work full time. The owners have probably spent weeks or months getting the garden up to scratch if you've got the time it's  lovely. Most of the battle with plants is the right soil and the right place, get that bit sorted and you've done most of the work. From what you've already posted some of the rubble has gone and the top soil is being delivered. That's a huge start and a good one too. If you have some good neighbours, they are likely to be chopping their plants or dividing them at some stage, and I'm sure will be only too happy to donate some small plants to you if you would like them. 

If you've got the budget and would like some instant effect, there is no reason why you can't invest in some larger specimens. But look around, take your time. Natures time for planting is the autumn, so kick back, water your turf well and walk on the fresh grass until you can work out what you would like where. There are many on here who would be delighted to give you advice on their experiences of particular plants and situations. 

Garden edging

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 17:06

That looks good Doghouse And have blended in well too. In seeing your front garden edging has just reminded me of the rope edging in Victorian gardens. Expensive but good in the right place. I guess it boils down the situation preference and budget. 

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