Hello. We've just bought a house and beyond the back garden there is a fairly busy main road. There is currently a six foot fence there and we're thinking of planting a hedge in front of that to absorb some of the traffic noise.
I'd like something with flowers and the ground there is quite wet so it'll need to suit that. Plus I'd imagine we would need a fairly dense hedge to keep noise out.
We know nothing at all about gardening - please can anyone suggest types of hedges that might suit? Thanks in advance
You could do that yes but honeysuckle is a woodland plant really so is a bit wild/straggly to grow through a hedge. Why not call some hedge suppliers and see what they suggest, they will ask about your soil and how much sun the hedge will get so worth thinking about this before calling.
The problem with growing climbers through a hedge is when you cut the hedge vs when you prune the climbing plant.... You can plant a mixed hedge so long as things are reasonably similar in terms of vigour - so's the strong growers don't swamp the weaker ones. Try the RHS Plant Selector web-site - it's really useful.
My favourite are copper beech hedges. They are fairly hardy and not too expensive. They are pretty in summer and retain their copper leaves in winter. No flowers though? The leaves move in the wind
I think a mixed hedge is a good idea too.
Pittasporum is nice and also retains its leaves. You can get different colours but it also doesnt flower.
I don't like fast growing evergreen trees. I think they are ugly. However they are cheap, fast growing and, I imagine, would be the best at blocking out the road? If you did go down this route it's good to vary the type of tree or plant something in front of the hedge as it can look to 'blocky' IYSWIM.
IMO.... Whatever you do don't plant lylandii. It is hideous and even the slow growing varieties are a pain to look after.