Posted: 10/10/2015 at 14:05
I've a space at the end of the garden that is quite wild, but also want to add a living boundary.
The sad thing is that I'll loose that perception of space that is currently there, I like looking into untouched woodland. The more I touch the space the more I want for a raw untouched space! Nature is a good gardener.
Anyway, I have one side that is semi-shaded, and one that has sun. The shady side I have planted out with some laurel, holly and I plan to plant evergreen viburnums and hazel. The sunnier side I'm going to plant some beech, field maple and hypericum. I'll throw in more viburnums, escallonia (sun), euonymus, and a bay.
I may later regret the laurel when it comes to management. If I can squeeze them in, I'll add some dogwoods this winter. Thinking they'll make nice thickets and can be neglected somewhat once taken.
I would also like to add some spiky plants, berberis darwinii, black thorn, and more holly.
If it's shady and you have patience you could put in yew. An alternative to laurel could be new zealand privet. People grow these as hedging (not totally frost tolerant). But I like them as specimens.
I love shrubs as you can tell, but don't really have the room to let them breath. A few different ones left to their natural shapes make for a nice display I think. They are nice rounded, and actually once large would fill an area quite easily. I saw a wonderful monster escalonia hedge at the weekend.
I garden on chalk. But am keen to hear other suggestions.