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willougswillougs Posts: 5
Evening all.  Newbie here.  I'm not very good at gardening yet,  but now that our house renovation work is complete I'm keen to get cracking on our building site of a garden and learn fast.    So,  my first (of probably many!) couple of questions that I'd be very grateful of some assistance is as follows:

What is the best hedge type that meets the following criteria that I can grow against a red brick wall?
  • bright green leaves
  • evergreen
  • low maintenance
  • bushy foilage when grown close to the ground  (probably no taller than 18 inches)

Many thanks in advance,


  • willougswillougs Posts: 5
    Darn.  Seems i'm not very good at forums either as forgot to include my second question!
    I'll create a new post for that.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Take a look at your soil type. It usually helps others to choose the suitable shrubs for situation. Without the orientation or soil type I can only recommend a good all-rounder shrub called Euonymus Fortunei. There are many shades and variegated forms. Worth a look as it's ideal for a low hedge and responds well to close clipping. 
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Lonicera - shrubby one - can't remember the rest of it, is also good for a low growing hedge. Possibly some of the dwarf hebes or there is always lavender (although not bright green foliage!).. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210
    I'd go with Hogweed's suggestion - shrubby honeysuckle, Lonicera nitida or Lonicera pileata.  There's a golden-leaved form of L.nitida called Baggeson's Gold.  They make good hedges up to about 2 feet, and respond well to regular pruning.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • willougswillougs Posts: 5
    Great.  Thanks very much for the suggestions.  Hadn't even considered Lavender,  which is another great idea. 
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523
    Privet is always good for a hedge.A lot of people think it is 'common' as it is so widely used.The reason it is used so much is that it is pretty trouble free!!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    And of course, box. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,635
    Hi Steve,  May I ask why you want to plant a dwarf evergreen hedge in front of your red brick wall? How high is the brick wall? You could probably grow something far more interesting against the wall.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • willougswillougs Posts: 5
    Hi. Sure.  The wall is a single storey wall about 3 metres long.  It's new and pretty boring,  so thought the green bush would contrast with it a bit and break up the mass if red brick. Not a big fan of plants growing up the wall, partly due to concerns with damp and not really wanting to drill holes in a brand new wall ;)

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145
    You need to consider the aspect. If it's a single storey wall and there is little or no sunlight then lavender won't work for example.
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