Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:31
Mine loses its leaves in severe winters but you can see buds ready to open.
Bits of mine have started to die though, the hedge dates from 1960, had been severely neglected for years, tall enough to tangle in the phone wires til we gave it a short back and sides a few years ago.
One cause of death here is having its stems nibbled at ground level. I blame the voles of which we have lots.
We do have HF in the garden but, as far as I'm aware, not close to the hedge.That's probably the one thing that would affect other shrubs, most diseases are specific to certain plants.