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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:56 pm    Post subject: What is your favourite hedge? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gareth

My favourite has to be the one that somebody else looks after!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:54 pm    Post subject: hedging favortites Reply with quote

Phew..... I have just about finished laughing at my own joke there!

For a formal hedge, for me, I think it has to be the humble privet. It is totally out of fashion as it was so well used for years before escallonia and the dreaded leylandii came in. I also like the box hedging as it is easily looked after.

Here's a question for you, I aso like the small leaved hedge that is planted around very old cottages. (It's not privet) Ilike that too

My ultimate favourite though, if the garden has room, is the informal natural mixed hedge, full of insects and wildlife as well as summer fruits! yum

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about the more trendier Red Robin?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Re: hedging favortites Reply with quote

inishindie wrote:


Here's a question for you, I aso like the small leaved hedge that is planted around very old cottages. (It's not privet) Ilike that too





inishindie, I would say you are thinking of Lonicera nitida (poor mans box / honeysuckle hedge), see it here in our list of hedging http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=204

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:33 pm    Post subject: all sorts Reply with quote

Thanks for that GPI it is the lonicera nitida I was thinking of.

I keep changing my mind about the favourite hedge. I suppose it depends where it is and what it is used for . I like them all lavender,griselinia,beech etc.. .....................................................

The red robin (photinia is it) won a RHS garden merit a while ago. It looks good where it has space to grow. How does it do on the coast? Do the leaves get browned by the sea air?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen the red robin a few times in city gardens, ,but never in an open environment where it would get a lot of wind.

Here in the garden centre they tend to defoliate lower down when they get hit bya lot of wind so I would say that it is more suited to the sheltered town and city gardens.

In fact watch Ramsays F word and you'll see he has a Red Robin hedge down one side of the garden.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GarethAustin wrote:
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Whats your favourite hedging?


It really varies according to the surrounding planting and landscape.
However, I have a liking for the informal natural mixed hedge (native) just like inishindie.
Others I like include..... Hawthorn, Cotoneaster, Blackthorn, Escallonia and to tip my hat to the conifers... Western red cedar.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:55 pm    Post subject: photinia pic. Reply with quote

A bit late but here is a picture of a photinia

Fine looking leaves in a sheltered spot




.A hedge between keeps friendship green.
French Proverb..................................................

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:16 am    Post subject: beech hedging Reply with quote

Beech hedging looks good in the winter too


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Irishindie

I much prefer Hornbeam to Beech. That beech aphid seems to a right pain in the locality up here so we recommend Hornbeam instead. Nice apply green foliage in the spring, not prone to aphid and grows better in more exposed areas.
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