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planting a boarder hedge


looking for some help, my husband and I have recently brought a house with a lovely south facing garden, we want to create a boarder and are thinking off Photinia Red Robin, now we are no gardeners that's for sure! looking to bulk buy 150 of them not too expensive, does anyone a good site to order off? about 2ft to start with

Thanks for you help in advance!

any other suggestions are welcome :)


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    You could have a look here Katherine,  they do "pallet" deals for larger orders.
    (I've no connection to the company, by the way :) )
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,845
    A hedge made exclusively of 150 specimens of photinia will look quite boring! How about going for diversity?
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    Large-leaved shrubs, such as Photinia or Portuguese Laurel, look terrible when trimmed with shears or hedge cutters, as they cut halfway through the leaves, which then turn brown and die.  A mixed native hedge would be better, or even just common Privet, which clips to shape beautifully.  We ordered our Privet here, it's better to buy smaller plants, as they will establish more quickly, and it is also cheaper.  
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,052
    Make sure the climate/conditions are suitable too. They don't look well in cold, wet conditions, in colder/wetter soil, so think carefully if you have that.

    There are much better choices to make if you want an evergreen screen, and plenty of choice if you simply want a hedge.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I’m not too worried about it looking boring as it’s more of a hedge to board our corner plot so my son can play safely on the grass. We’re after a quick growing hedge that’s green all your round and will still look like being trimmed/cut back! Any suggestions would be appreciated! Not fancying privet ! Thank you
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited March 2020
    Portuguese Laurels could be another option for a lush green hedge.

    But as Fairygirl states, you need to also check the soil type and local climate. Some plants will not do that well in waterlogged soils, whilst others cannot cope with exposed windy areas.

    Photinias may be fast growing once they have established, but they don't do that well in cold windy areas.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,052
    Photinias look dreadful round here most of the time.
    I'd opt for laurel too if you have room to let it grow properly. Thuja is another good choice.

    It's important to make the right choice though, before you part with your hard earned moolah  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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