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  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    I'm in the West Midl
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,956
    I'm asking simply because they aren't as tough as some other hedging plants, so your own local conditions come into play.
    I'm much further north, so I don't know how they would do in your area. It might be worth looking at the growing details  for them on the RHS or similar.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    Thank you. RHS have it as H5 (-10 to -15) so hopefully that will be ok
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,956
    It's soil conditions as well @mattgarden.
    For many plants/shrubs, prolonged cold and wet, with heavy soil, can cause far more problems than just cold temps. 
    I don't want to put you off, but I just wanted you to be aware of all the factors when you're choosing.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    Thank you. So back to my original question, but for the case of Griselinia rather than Laurel....

    How close is it feasible to plant the hedge to the fence, without causing problem?

    I am hoping to get it close to the fence, and hoping that most growth will come outwards towards my garden due to restrictions of space and light at the back. 

    Thanks
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,184
    I would plant them in the middle of the space you've got - bushes have a tendency to lean forwards to the light rather than upright with branches sticking straight out if that makes sense. A leaning hedge doesn't look good.
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109


    Thanks for your advice. The only problem is that I have a small brick wall right in the middle of the space I've got. I think it is the original boundary. 

    The fence is repaired now and ground on both sides prepared for planting in either situation. 
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    @Songbird-1 thank you so much. Finally pleased to have made what seems like a good choice. How narrow would you say you'd be able to have these in a hedge?

    Lovely that they had birds nested in there. My kids will love that but of wildlife. We do struggle with that. 
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    @Songbird-1 no sorry. Not the distance apart...the depth of the actual hedge from front to back side, if that makes sense. 
  • mattgardenmattgarden Posts: 109
    No problem, that's very useful @Songbird-1 . I'm hoping to plant between 12-18 inches myself. Was worried it might be a bit crammed. 

    Just to clarify. Is the centre of the hedge 18 inches away from the wall? Or is there a gap of 18 inches between the back of the hedge and the wall?
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