Choosing native hedging for a small urban garden
My garden is 4 metres square on a windy site. Soil seems to be clay but doesn't seem to get badly waterlogged - seems may have had sand mixed in at some stage.
Planning to plant down 2 sides, but one is at the edge of a path so only 50 cm of soil between the path & fence. The other fence is at the edge of a small lawn which I intend to try to turn into a mini meadow.
I have been reading about lots of shrubs - ruled out trees as I imagine even small ones would probably be too big for the size of garden. I really need advice about if any of the following are likely to grow too big for the site, or if careful pruning can keep them to about 1.5metres high by 1 to 1.5 metres wide:
Hazel (Corylus Avaliana), Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa), Dogwoods (Cornus Stolonifera), (Cornus Sibirica), (Cornus Alba), Dog Rose (Rosa Canina), Elder (Sambucus Nigra), Flowering Currant, Guelder Rose, Euonymous Fortunei Emerald Gaiety & Viburnum Tinus.
When I have looked up many of these plants their height and spread can be 2 - 4 metres yet lots of the hedge sellers seem to advise to plant 3 - 5 whips per metre. I am an inexperienced gardener but it seems like this would take over the entire garden with hedge.
Last thing. Most of the online sites seem to have a minimum spend which I'm not sure I can reach without buying more whips than I can feasibly fit in the space I have. How many plants do you think would fit in the garden comfortably, - could any of them happily live in a largish pot about 50cm cubed?
Thanks for your help
Ev (Denton Greater Manchester)
- 3 Sep, 2009