What to do with a small North facing area
I have a bit of an issue with my "front" garden, it's roughly triangular in shape 20m long and around 10m wide at one end and 2 at the other, with the house on the south side, a elm hedge on the north.
As you can see by the tree at the back (bastard service tree) the wind is strong and comes from the right of the picture (north) The hedge is not really up to standard, being elm and therefor deciduous it doesn't do much for privacy or wind reduction in the winter, and yes that is a trainline just on the other side, there is a gravel road inbetween but that is it.
There's a row of treestumps in the border that you can just see, and the lawn finishes just out of shot to the left and then it's house. I would like to keep some of the bluebells, winter aconite snowdrops and lillies that have appeared but the entire area is totaly overgrown in ground elder as well, so I am up for removing everything.
Does anyone have any ideas for hedging that will survive high and constant winds and be thicker in winter?
This is our only flat garden area so we would like to keep some of it open to sit on and eat out at as it's also the only area with evening sun.
Ground is slightly alkaline and poorly drained although not waterlogged. Position is Northern denmark think scottish highlands in hardyness. normaly 0 to .5 in winter dipping on rare occasion (every 5 years or so) to -15 The photo was taken at 8am at the end of may so it recieves plenty of sun for most of the day.