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MousyMouse Sat 29-Sep-12 19:12:31

out front garden is south facing.
the bed is about 2x7ft long.

dh wants a hedge.
I want roses.

my argument is that a hedge takes ages to grow to a height that blocks our nosey neighbours view gives us a bit more privacy.

so, I'm thinking climbing roses/trellis. the rose hedges I have seen tend to be ramblers that are not very attractive or very bushy and not very high. just something green would be too boring imo...

MousyMouse Sat 29-Sep-12 19:17:31

oh, and in the back garden we have a couple of greenies, a couple of lowish (2-3ft) bux and a tall (6ft) hedgy tree (don't know the name, one with white and green leaves). if we take them from the back to the front, might that work?

BerylStreep Sat 29-Sep-12 19:20:17

Is it the front boundary you want to screen, or the boundary between you and the neighbours?

Climbing hydrangea on a fence can be quite nice.

MousyMouse Sat 29-Sep-12 19:24:36

just the boundary between our front garden and the street.
get a lot of foot traffic and regular stare offs with neighbours opposite

MousyMouse Sat 29-Sep-12 19:26:24

there is a low wall with an iron fence on top, about 4ft high total.
typical victorian terrace.

BerylStreep Sat 29-Sep-12 22:47:12

Laurel might be nice. NOT spotted Laurel though. Laurel is evergreen, grows quite quickly, can be clipped into shape, and has nice flowers in spring and berries in Autumn.

Bienchen Sun 30-Sep-12 11:29:09

Don't overlook that a hedge of sufficient height to stop people looking in will also create shade and will make it much darker indoors.

I have put up window film on our downstairs windows at the front and gone for planting that does not exceed 4 or 5 ft height. It gives us privacy but does not make the house too dark inside. Hedges will take at least 3 or 4 years to grow to screening height but you can buy larger specimens from a specialist and although much more costly than say bare root planted hedging plants, they would give you the immediate screen.

Climbing hydrangea does not need a fence or trellis to support.

I'd do roses and windowfilm... smile

pongysticks Wed 10-Oct-12 20:04:12

Sorry a bit late to this thread - so you may of planted already!! we bought some large mature Laurels form a company called hedgesonline - spoke to a lovely chap called bob, and this way they are very large when going in so create a perfect screen from day one - maybe worth a try if you've not already??

Aquelven Fri 12-Oct-12 22:26:54

We have mixed hedges.
All sorts in them, laurel, hawthorn, beech, conifers, roses, berberis, pyracantha, holly, sycamore, clematis growing up through all of them.
Attracts loads of wildlife & all year interest, clip it twice a year when the birds are not nesting.

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