Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:11
The hedge law came in because of Leylandii mainly Rubi. It's a b****r of a plant growing several feet a year and getting to ridiculous heights. Just remember that anything 'fast growing' by definition,will need a lot of maintenance - it won't just stop at the height you want. Any hedging will need regular cutting but is always more attractive than a bare fence.
Hydrangeas are either shrubs or climbers. The ones you've seen that are blue or pink are the shrub varieties, although there are lots of whites too. The climbing hydrangea is 'petiolaris' which has white flowers. It's a beautiful climber for a shady wall. If you google that , you'll see what it looks like. They all like some shade and ground that doesn't dry out.
Photinia Red Robin is often not successful if you're in a cold wet area. Where I am, I wouldn't bother - better shrubs available. I've yet to see a half decent one.
You'll see less and less straw- most horseowners use shavings these days. Horses, and especially small ponies, gorge themselves on straw bedding which can be a major problem.
Hope that's of some help