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I am searching for an evergreen hedging plant that can be bought at aprox 400mm high for under £5 (the hedge will be 40m long), will establish quickly in average soil, keeps it's shape and can be contained to 1m high and 600 - 800mm wide by hand clipping. Not Laurel, Privet or Box; I thought of Lonicera Nitida Baggessons Gold but it can become untidy between clips. Any ideas?



How about one of the Cotoneaster family? There's C.integrifolius, or C. nitidus, both evergreen. Variegated Hollies make great hedges, and you can get non-spiky ones - Ilex x altaclerensis. Or - Eleagnus?

I hope that these will give you some ideas to start you off.

9 Feb, 2009


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9 Feb, 2009


I would always suggest Escallonia

9 Feb, 2009


Yew is a very good hedging plant and can be kept to 1m high by trimming. It has the advantage that you can cut it right back to the trunks when you want to rejuvenate it and it will sprout from the trunks(obviously, many years down the line for you yet!) It is disease free and will grow in sun or shade. Go to a hedging nursery for best value and buy soon as bare rooted plants, which is also cheaper.
p.s. hollies are not so easy to clip as the leaves get cut in half and can look messy.

10 Feb, 2009


Is yew a slow grower though? If you have the time to wait for it to bush out an grow into the shape and height you want you could be waiting form years

10 Feb, 2009


berberis is also good,as is hawthorn and blackthorn.
flowers and fruits at different times of the year.

12 Feb, 2009


Yew can grow 2 feet in a year, that's not slow. Anyway you have to consider that the faster it grows the more you will have to trim it. I think the look and the trimmability outweigh the slowness.

16 Feb, 2009

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