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can you recommend a hedge?

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swallowsandamazons Tue 07-Oct-08 19:46:17

We would love a small hedge in the front garden, not so slow growing that i will be 90 before its formed, but we do want to keep it low, what do you have, can you recommend?

Littlefish Tue 07-Oct-08 19:48:01

Whatever you do, don't put in a box hedge! Somehow, dh and I managed to confuse box and privet and have ended up with the slowest growing hedge in the world!

I would recommend beech however - it is easy to keep in check, but fills out quickly to create a solid hedge quite quickly.

southeastastra Tue 07-Oct-08 19:49:15

i have a golden privet but that probably sounds dull grin they're pretty though and fast growing

GentleOtter Tue 07-Oct-08 19:51:13

Berberis is not too bad and really jaggy to keep people off it.

DeJaVous Tue 07-Oct-08 19:51:32


TBH Privet is a star, that's what we ended deciding to use. We want to keep it to about 120cm.

swallowsandamazons Tue 07-Oct-08 19:52:57

great that gives me something to start with, i will google privet.

GentleOtter Tue 07-Oct-08 19:53:46

Some places offer mature hedges at any height you want. It is sometimes worth the extra expense for instant height.

Pannacotta Mon 13-Oct-08 20:51:52

I prefer Yew to Privet, Privet needs clipping several times a year and the flowers smell bad. Yes is smarter IMO, great for wildlife too.

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