Posted: 25/11/2014 at 00:56
I have four acres, and have planted several hedges over the last 30 years. My favourite evergreen plants to use are photinia red robin, for the bright red new shoots, and choisya ternata - a lovely fragrant shrub that is easy to prune and has white flowers. There are several lovely escallonias to mix in, and the purple leaves of physocarpus diablo, and cotinus (the smoke tree) although not evergreen make a good contrast if planted in between the evergreens. I`ve tried to plant in two rows to stagger the plants and create a thicker hedge.
Regular pruning is needed to encourage new growth low down and stop the plants from getting "leggy"
The word "instant" has to be taboo here - too expensive! All my hedges are grown from cuttings.