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Climbers on privet hedges

oooftoooft Posts: 191
Hey peeps. I live in a very windy exposed site and have decided (reluctantly!) to lift the plants from one of my borders and plant a privet hedge to try and reduce the wind rattling through the place. Will a hedge just on one side of the garden look messed up? I'd like to have some flowers and scent since i will be losing a border. I've read that clematis and honeysuckles can scramble over hedges. Should these be planted at the same time as the hedge or should the hedges be allowed to establish first. I'm not dead set on those particular climbers, i'd be pleased to know what other folk have done. Cheers
Also wondering if anyone has a border in front of a hedge? Ta!


  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,330
    I dont think it will work with a privet hedge, they grow to rapidly and require pruning twice a year to keep them tidy and stop them going wild. Might be best looking at a different hedge like beech - yew - hornbeam etc . I would go with a group three clematis other climbers will restrict looking after the hedge.

    Might be best making a obelisk and growing a climber up that instead. lots of people have borders in front of a hedge. 
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Vigorous climbers, like honeysuckle and some clematises, can "strangle" hedges. I nearly lost a good hornbeam hedge by not keeping an eye on what clematis and honeysuckle were doing to it.
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