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Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 15:02

Large and willing evergreens include Cotoneaster lacteus, good red berries right now.  Eleagnus ebbingei, scented flowers in autumn. Choisya ternata, perhaps not quite as big, all go nicely under trees and the choisya is less likely to be damaged by frost under trees. 

Other evergreens like box and hollies are lovely but slower. You could get some going for the future though

With something to look at in front down your eye won't be drawn to the brickwork so you don't need to have it invisible. Only leylandii or similar would hide it completely and I'd rather look at bricks than a featureless green lump

Ideas for this hedge to hide house!

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 14:01

Rather than try and blot it out completely I'd bring the planting forward and give yourself something interesting to look at. Another couple of small trees grouped with one of the 2 in the pic, not in a line. A largeish evergreen shrub, also brought forward, some deciduous flowering ones and lots of bulbs and perennials to flower through the year

Bamboo Trees

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 12:58

I've got a biggish garden with some wild bits and bamboo is fine. It's not something I'd recommend for more cultivated areas. 

cobnut / hazelnut maintenance

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 10:57

We coppice ours from time to time but it does mean a few nutless years. I don't think we'd do them all in one year again

If you can get at the base you could remove the older stems, I can see one in each, right to the base.

They take any amount of hacking about without complaint


Posted: 30/12/2013 at 09:24

Good morning all

Chucking it down here and coming your way Dove

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 21:40

Or a scented rose under the bedroom window

Can any holly be made into a standard?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 21:25

Keep the most shapely stem and see if you can get it upright. Cut the other 2 back to base. Cut any low branches off the chosen one, right back to trunk.  don't cut the leader back til it reaches the height required. 

I've been trying to shape one of mine. Not to a standard but a sort of cone. It's taking a very long time to fill out

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 20:40

I'd have wires or trellis and grow something that didn't adhere to the wall. That would also dictate how far up it could go. It would give you a far wider choice, roses, clematis, jasmine and all sorts of goodies.


Allotment shed can anyone help!?!

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 19:43

That's good Dove. Merky is in various threads so had to ignore.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 17:07

I think WW is right. But the stuff cut off belongs to the neighbours. 

Sounds good to me

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