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Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 08:29

Hornbeam will also stand up to wind and weather well and also takes wet ground conditions far better than beech. It's very similar in appearance and habit. You can keep it to a couple of feet depth quite easily.  Laurel won't look well if it's clipped tight - it needs space - you'd be left with lots of branches and very little foliage. I think you're worrying a bit unnecessarily about yew and it would be the best option for your space, but  the conical conifers are also ideal as their habit means very little maintenance in clipping. They'll take a few years to get to a decent height though.

Remember at this time of year you can get bare root hedging for delivery through autumn and winter - economical for a big area and establishes well. 


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 08:10

Woody - perhaps they'll all go out and lose themselves 

dog proofing a leylandii hedge

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 08:07

I have a friend who's just acquired two small dogs and I suggested the same thing to her for along the foot of her fence where she has some gaps. Making sure the bottom is well secured is important, as Dove says.


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 08:05

Morning all - we have had rain 

That sounded a bit like that horrible 'we are a grandmother' statement didn't it? 

Well done young chicklet, but I know what you mean about worrying chicky  Youngest fairy asked yesterday how much driving lessons were. I told her she'll need about £20 an hour, test costs of a couple of hundred pounds ...then several grand for a car, insurance and road tax....

Verd - worrying as you say. When you watch comedians taking the mick, you forget that in reality, they're not far away from fact 

Have a good day workers  - I'm off for a look round while I get a leisurely breakfast ... 

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 07:51

Hi Oldtimer. As the others have said - if you can get some pix on here it will help with some suggestions. Start a new thread with a suitable title like 'looking for ideas for front garden' or something similar, add a bit of extra info with the type of soil,  colours you prefer, aspect and so on, and then you'll get loads of ideas 


Mystery Plant

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:20


New Garden

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 18:09

Hi Trixie. If you have a spot with free draining soil  you could use Hebes. Lots of varieties of varying sizes and most are evergreen. Flowers are white through to purples. Don't rule out Potentillas because, although not evergreen, they have foliage for a huge part of the year and flower forever. I have white ones and they'll fit with any colour scheme but the soft yellows are also nice and will work with your Cotinus and other shrubs like Pieris and Forsythia. Mahonia (Charity or Winter Sun) are useful big evergreens with yellow candles of flowers late in the year followed by blue/black berries. It would do well on your boundary. There's smaller varieties too. Viburnum's another useful large shrub - lots of varieties available. I also have Osmanthus burkwoodii which has scented white flowers in early spring. Evergreen. Sarcococca ( Christmas box) is evergreen and has scented white flowers in winter. 

I have low growing Gaultherias (used to be Pernettya) which have white flowers like the Pieris and red berries for this time of year. They like a little bit of shade but are happy enough with some sun if the soil's not too dry. Pachysandra terminalis is another low growing evergreen - also like a bit of shade. Nice little white flowers.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas. 


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 17:54

Dove - I just saw your doctor link. I've always said JT should be on the NHS....

although... it's not his song of course.....


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 17:47

Lesley - it's a 'good' crying though - I just adore his 'smiling face'  

I gave the voucher to another member last year. Glad you're having a good time and nice weather with parents. 

The promised rain still hasn't appeared here so got shed roof painted with the waterproofing stuff and some other things too. Now having a cuppa and a catch up here before getting dinner.

What is horticultural grit?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 17:41

Think the OP might have got their grit by now - this is a very old thread... 

I get grit at diy stores - it seems to do a good job. 

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