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Hedge help please!

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HappyGirlNow Sun 17-Feb-13 13:01:43

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 blush - please can anyone suggest types of hedges that might suit? Thanks in advance grin

Pannacotta Sun 17-Feb-13 15:15:50

You could try Viburnum tinus which is evergreen, tough as old boots, flowers right through winter and can be clipped into shape.

Another evergreen option is Choisya ternata

HappyGirlNow Sun 17-Feb-13 15:26:39

Thanks so much Panacotta grin They're lovely! Do you know of any that flower in the summer rather than winter?

Pannacotta Sun 17-Feb-13 17:19:02

The CHoisya flowers in later spring and again in autumn.
Portugal laurel flowers in summer, also evergreen but the flowers are nothing special.

HappyGirlNow Sun 17-Feb-13 20:12:39

Thanks Pannacotta , really appreciate that grin

If we pick a non flowering hedge would it be possible to grow some flowers through it? I'm thinking honeysuckle or something which climbs? Sorry, am clueless!!

Pannacotta Sun 17-Feb-13 21:05:59

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.

nextphase Sun 17-Feb-13 21:27:09

Not a gardener, but could you mix the two types of plants mentioned above to get flowers for 3 seasons?

bumperella Fri 01-Mar-13 22:18:34

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.

INeverSaidThat Fri 01-Mar-13 23:02:22

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 smile

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.

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