Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:54
PP - Holly, being evergreen, tends to come with a root ball rather than bare-rooted, so is more expensive than a deciduous hedge would be. Why not try beech or hornbeam instead as you can get them bare rooted and they will grow much more quickly. Hawthorn would be good to and grow fast. It is deciduous too but if trimmed regularly the branches will thicken up and hide the chicken wire and it will also be very good for wildlife as it provides food and shelter for a wide range of birds and insects.
Have a look at cornus alba sibirica too. It has bright red stems which are usually thicker and hardier than Midwinter Fire and responds better to pruning back for new stem colour.
I personally find that Kilmarnock Willow is depserately dull for the 50 weeks of the year it doens't have its catkins and Russian Vine/Mile a Minute is unattractive all year round and can quickly get out of control. There are willows which have far more attractive habits and stem colours and more interesting climbers.