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Looking for Advice - Hedging

Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 10:27am
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Geordiemark

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Hi All,

Im hoping some keen gardener/horticulturist can give me some advice regarding the best shrub to use to make a hedge. I know basically nothing about gardening and plants and have the proverbial black thumb.

The land at the back of out property falls away into the valley, so I'm getting a chainlink fence put up in January. I'd like to plant shrubs along the fence run that will grow into a nice concealing hedge.

Any advise on the best option that will grow quickly and give nice coverage and the best place to source that will offer a planting service?

TIA

Mark

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Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:35pm

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Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:35pm

We’re just about to plant oleander as a hedge. Seems to grow well and not object to cutting or general neglect 

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:28am

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:28am

JT47 wrote on Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:35pm:

We’re just about to plant oleander as a hedge. Seems to grow well and not object to cutting or general neglect 

Oleander is highly toxic, I would advise caution if planting it anywhere it can be accessed by pets or young children...

JAS

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:47am

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:47am

Bougainvillea is lovely, many wonderful colours to choose from. Many of the urbanisations use this as hedging plants along the chain link fence.

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:15pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:15pm

Oleander, eg https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerium   If you have pets this is perhaps not the best solution. Common plant though in Spain and used extensively in the central reservation of motorways due to excellent screen and insect repellents.

Siempre Verde, eg https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myoporum_laetum   Not to everyones taste either, can be unruly after being established needing annual mantenance. Needs lots of water initially. Buy them at around 30cm high, planting about 60 to 100 cm apart. Good screening and for wind break.

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Jenni

Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:27am

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Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:27am

Most Spanish plant small conifer trees close together so that they grow into a hedge, they can be bought in most Garden centres, for as little as 1.50e. each water well when you first plant them, and then once a week after that, they aren't fussy with the conditions  or soil, tolerate wet and dry conditions, where as flowering plants such as Oleander's you will have to water a lot in the summer. 

Juliet Diaz

Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 12:00pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 12:00pm

If you want quick growth you could plant a passion fruit vine to wind through the fence. Once established they grow quickly and also produce lots and lots of fruit. I would avoid oleander if there are animals or children around. Buganvilla is great but they can be messy when they drop their bracts and flowers. Another option might be olives.or citrus trees which can be kept at whatever height you like and pruned to make them thick and bushy - and again lots of fruit. We take our olives to the mill and get more than enough oil to last the year.  Whatever you decide to plant do it during the winter months preferably after heavy rain when it's slightly easier to dig! Best of luck !

hartcjhart

Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:38pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:38pm

Anything with spikes on them is good,dont worry about children or pets they will soon learn,but anyone trying to access that should not be will soon go away

Sandy b

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Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 8:56am

Seafarer wrote on Sun Nov 27, 2022 9:15pm:

Oleander, eg https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerium   If you have pets this is perhaps not the best solution. Common plant though in Spain and used extensively in the central reservation of motorways due to excellent screen and insect repellents.

Siempre Verde, eg https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myoporum_laetum   Not to everyones taste either, can be unruly after being established needing annual mantenance. Needs lots of water initially....

... Buy them at around 30cm high, planting about 60 to 100 cm apart. Good screening and for wind break.

I quite agree with the above, Siempre  Verde (always  green) is brilliant for a fast growing hedge. Just beware though as we planted it to make  a hedge,  which it did perfectly but the roots got into the mains water pipe and caused a leak which cost us a lot of money to repair. So my advice is DONT  plant it near water pipes or any pipes for that matter. Luckily for us the insurance paid up for the repairs but we had a €175 and a €345 bill for water loss.

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