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Brewer’s hedge

I have about 20 metres of hedging to plant. I like the idea of edibles and natives but would prefer to have reasonably good density as it will be a boundary and the garden is narrow, so I’ll need to keep it trimmed fairly narrow. It’s going alongside the veg garden quite a distance from the house. Any suggestions/tips for plants that will/won’t be suitable? Does anyone have any pictures of something similar they could share? Thanks!

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,054
    I think that might be difficult to achieve. Many people would use espaliered fruit, or a grapevine if you live in a warm enough area, but it won't have the density you want. 

    I'd go for a hornbeam or beech hedge which will take tight trimming. That would give you a dense hedge fairly quickly, and if kept below about ten to twelve feet, it retains foliage all winter. 
    Others will have suggestions which might be more useful  though :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,364
    Blackthorn (sloe) and/or cherry plum can both be used as hedging.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,054
    I have a Blackthorn hedge and it's kept narrow. The only problem is the suckers, which may be a problem if the veg plot is anywhere near. They go a long way.
    Lovely though  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,364
    Cherry plum suckers too as do lots of other prunus varieties. The fruit makes a lovely jam though :p
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,054
    I give the sloes to my sister, and anyone else who wants them @steephill, but the birds love them too  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Hazel?
  • thanks for the suggestions - made some sloe gin at Christmas, which was the inspirations!
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