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SO MIXED UP WHAT HEDGE TO PLANT NEAR CEMENT


 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject: SO MIXED UP WHAT HEDGE TO PLANT NEAR CEMENT Reply with quote

Hi there everyone,
I have read a bit of the forum already and have seen that Escalinias seem to have got a killing during the frost is it??
I'm after googling alot on hedges in the last few weeks and i am more mixed up now than ever.
We want to plant a new hedge in the front. On one side we have gravel with weed membrane under it , so that is not a problem as such. On the other side we have cement when needs to be cut out to put in the hedge on our side, the neighbours have grass up against our cement, but the hedge has to be on our side, so in years to come, they can't claim it as theres.
I haven't a clue what to plant. I have been looking at Leyland Cypress golden and i have read on diff sites not to touch it as it grows mad etc.
I was looking at the laurel???? would that not get killed off with the frost and stay green all year???
Is there anything else that you would recommend that won't get killed with frost and stay green all year round.
Thank you in advance, i am sooooooo mixed up....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Berberis darwinii, evergreen, orange flowers in late spring, followed by berries that the birds love. reasonably fast grownig but not mad, little prickly though but good to keep the neighbours off it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frost won't kill Laurel and it stays green year round.

It's a good hedge, grows thickly and quite easy to maintain.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about Berberis darwinii, evergreen, orange flowers in late spring, followed by berries that the birds love. reasonably fast grownig but not mad, little prickly though but good to keep the neighbours off it.

Thank you i am going to google that now this minute and have a look thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:
Frost won't kill Laurel and it stays green year round.

It's a good hedge, grows thickly and quite easy to maintain.

Would laurel be different in what way to griselina??? please???

Do you think the red robin is sturdy??? it looks very how would i say it???? ammmmmmm it looks wispy i suppose is the word i am looking for??? not as strong as other hedges???
If it hasn't a wall behind it???
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about Berberis darwinii, evergreen, orange flowers in late spring, followed by berries that the birds love. reasonably fast grownig but not mad, little prickly though but good to keep the neighbours off it.

I just googled this hedge and it sounds brilliant but i am wondering with living in an estate with alot of small children would i get into trouble? or would it just make them stay off of it???
My mother had a hedge years ago and the teenagers used to lean against it just to pee off my mother????
Do any of you have it planted in a housing estate???
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Would laurel be different in what way to griselina??? please???

Do you think the red robin is sturdy??? it looks very how would i say it???? ammmmmmm it looks wispy i suppose is the word i am looking for??? not as strong as other hedges???
If it hasn't a wall behind it???


Griselinia is not fully hardy here. A very, very harsh winter will kill it almost to the ground.

Red Robin looks nice but it's a bit "airy". I presume over years it would get sturdier.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the replies.....i will let you know what i pick....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit wrote:
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Would laurel be different in what way to griselina??? please???

Do you think the red robin is sturdy??? it looks very how would i say it???? ammmmmmm it looks wispy i suppose is the word i am looking for??? not as strong as other hedges???
If it hasn't a wall behind it???


Griselinia is not fully hardy here. A very, very harsh winter will kill it almost to the ground.

Red Robin looks nice but it's a bit "airy". I presume over years it would get sturdier.

Can i ask is the laurel hardier then?
I want something that when the frost comes it wont kill it after paying for it all???
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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kindredspirit wrote:
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Would laurel be different in what way to griselina??? please???

Do you think the red robin is sturdy??? it looks very how would i say it???? ammmmmmm it looks wispy i suppose is the word i am looking for??? not as strong as other hedges???
If it hasn't a wall behind it???


Griselinia is not fully hardy here. A very, very harsh winter will kill it almost to the ground.

Red Robin looks nice but it's a bit "airy". I presume over years it would get sturdier.

Can i ask is the laurel hardier then?
I want something that when the frost comes it wont kill it after paying for it all???


See Post 3 above. Laurel is totally hardy here.

You could use Aucuba Japonica if you want a variegated laurel although it goes very yellow in bright light.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mountainy man wrote:
How about Berberis darwinii, evergreen, orange flowers in late spring, followed by berries that the birds love. reasonably fast grownig but not mad, little prickly though but good to keep the neighbours off it.


"A little prickly" is an understatement "Crimewatch" once endorsed it as a good deterrent against Burglars.I had it in my garden in Dublin but eventually removed it after spending a small fortune on Elastoplas.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. If planting a prickly hedge, remember that you'll have to cut it, and clear up afterwards, or pay somebody to do it for you...
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