Posted: 03/03/2015 at 00:36
Nicky, I would suggest that you approach this hedge like an artist would approach his blank canvas. 30 metres is a wonderful space to create a masterpiece. Dont be in too much of a hurry. If you do your homework, draw a rough plan - intermix leaf colour, flowers, deciduous or evergreen, and get a good balance. Then start with a few basics.
My work before I retired was propagating shrubs, and some are much easier to grow than others. I found the most difficult ones were Photinia, Cotinus, Eleagnus - and these would be the ones to buy a few of. Most of the others are really quite easy to grow from cuttings, and privet - green or variegated is one of the easiest to grow - so you only really need one plant to start with. Some of the others that root easily from cuttings are choisya, wygela, physocarpus, escallonia....the list goes on.
If you buy one good sample of the shrubs you choose - and go forth and multiply saves a whole lot of money, and is so rewarding in the long run.