Would a Thuja Emerald + Beech mixed hedge work?

My plan for my approx. 9 meter road facing garden is as follows:

6 thuja emrald spaced 1.5 meters apart - and  keep them pruned as distinct conical trees, not a continuous hedge.

This will look nice, I think, but will not serve as an effective privacy screen.

So I am thinking, perhaps i could plant beech between the conifers to fill up the space.

Would that work?

I am hoping that eventually I would let the thuja to 3m and the beech to 1.5 m.. 

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,698

    AN HONEST ANSWER?

    I THINK IT WOULD LIKE DREADFUL. I BIT LIKE THIS

    image

    BUT MORE UPPY AND DOWNY.

    AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A NIGHTMARE TO KEEP TRIMMED.

    THAT'S MY OPINION. OTHER OPINIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Gosh. what are we looking at?

  • Are those Thuja emeralds? How did they get so brown?

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,698

    THE BROWN BITS WERE TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT THE BEECH BITS WOULD LOOK LIKE IN WINTER. image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Aha. so we need an evergreen hedge. How about a yew? Uppy and downy will be clipped for symmetry, so i'm expecting a neat /\=/\=/\=/\=/\=/\

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,698

    A UNIFORM COLOUR WOULD LOOK BETTER THAN A MIX OF COLOURS.

    BUT HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL EXERTION REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A HEDGE LIKE THIS?

    HAVE YOU HELD A HEDGE TRIMMER UP IN THE AIR AND WAVED IT ABOUT FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE OF MINUTES?

    IT'S EXHAUSTING.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,400

    I think it would look dreadful too. They aren't compatible plants for a hedge.

    Even if using the  same hedging  plant - up and down sections would be difficult to keep looking right. Is there  a reason you don't want a simple, uniform hedge? I have a blackthorn hedge which only needs done a few times through the year. It's about 70 feet in total, and only around four to five feet in height, and not too dense to clip.

    Pansy's right - it's hard enough work even doing that!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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