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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:21 am    Post subject: Low formal hedge Reply with quote

I would like to grown a low formal hedge something similar to a box hedge.
I dont want to use box as if it gets box plight it could be a waste of time and i would have to start again with an alternative anyway.

What would be an alternative?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How low? I made a mini hedge from rosemary - Miss Jessop's Upright - by accident! The main stem of a plant I put in broke off and collapsed. As it lay on the ground, still attached by a thread, it rooted along the stem. Shocked It worked so well that any day now I am going to plant some cuttings in a circle to replace a box that got blight.

It is quite a narrow plant and I should be able to keep it to about 18" to 2'.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lavender is another classic. Do you specifically want evergreen? If so, why? As said above, what is the hedge for?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lavender is a lovely plant, but can be quite short-lived unless you have ideal conditions.That's OK for a border but annoying if you want to grow a hedge.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not absolutely certain but I think Blarney has replaced Box with Ilex Crenata.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Low formal hedge Reply with quote

Keeks wrote:
I would like to grown a low formal hedge something similar to a box hedge.
I dont want to use box as if it gets box plight it could be a waste of time and i would have to start again with an alternative anyway.

What would be an alternative?


Some hebes are short, compact and very slow growing. Relative of mine put them in on the front lawn in an estate where all the lawns are open onto the footpaths, like a mini hedge and 14 years on it's no more than 2ft high and it was trimmed once I think, white flowers on it. Don't know if you can style it like a box hedge but it is very lush and thick and makes a good low hedge, cant see why you couldn't even it up though.

Lavender nice but temperamental, I find it doesn't like the wet for prolonged periods, which is not much good here, better in pots, I find slow to get bushy to the extent of a hedge, if at all.

There's a lowish shrub called berberis that's red, never had it though, was looking at it myself to get, think it said it grew only a metre, slow growing, so may be suitable for a low depending on how low it can cope with being clipped back/how low you want. Don't think it's evergreen though.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all.

The hedge is to border a short driveway on one side and on the other is a short steep slope onto a flat area that hopefully (eventually) will be a play area for the children to play in. This area was until recently shaded by leylandii and has now been opened up to allow full sun in the area.

The hedge wont be used as a barrier as such, just to create a formal divison between the driveway and slope. I have to put somethng there other than weeds.

I think Ilex creanata is the one i am looking for, particulary "dark green".

Thanks guys for the suggestions....i now have an idea of what i want so i can go ask my local nursurary for the bests options for my garden
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