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Hedge advice needed

I am planning to split my garden into 3 sections, by planting an evergreen flowering hedge. The site does get the sun, but is also shady at different times of the day. I would like it to flower repeatedly if possible, but mostly spring and summer. All of the recommended shrubs I have seen so far seem to flower in very early spring. Can anyone help me decide which shrubs to go for, or recommend some I can have a look at? Thanks, I would really appreciate some help. 😃


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    How tall do you want this hedge and how deep and how long, Choisya, some Hebes, Vibernum tinus flowers late in the year, Skimmia, Pyracantha blossom and berries but thorns are lethal, some cotoneaster, escallonia, eleagnus, osmanthus. Lavender....
    Most shrubs flower only once so you would need a mix.
    If you have  to trim the plants to keep in within bounds you will often lose the flowers
    If you have photos that's always a help.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,088
    Choisya ternata forms such as Sundance or Aztec Pearl for summer flowers and fragrance? 

    Sarcococca for perfumed but insignificant white flowers in winter?

    Fuchsia magellanica will flower well all summer too but only be semi-evergreen and only if your winteres are not hard.
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  • So basically the first photo is through a little path in the garden and I want to continue this line of sight and plant a hedge with a gap in the middle to hide the raised beds. The garden slopes a little. The hedge would be about 16 feet across and I would probably want it about 4-5 feet high. Preferably flowering throughout spring and summer, or at different times. I live in the north west. Thanks for the help so far. 
  • I’m unsure as to what to use the raised beds for yet, but I was considering cut flowers and fruit. The trees do cast some shade on them but the hedge wouldn’t, as the sun travels across the other side. I’ve grown flowers in the beds previously and despite the shade they grow very well. Thanks for the tip though, I hadn’t thought about the hedge casting shade. Maybe I should rethink and have a smaller hedge or a border of tall flowers?
  • If the hedge doesn't need to be evergreen you could consider Rosa rugosa, which will tolerate some shade and should not get so tall as to shade out plantings in the raised beds.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,151
    Have you thought about a trellis fence instead of a hedge? You could then grow climbers up the fence to hide the veg beds. It's what we've done in our uphill sloping garden.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • I like the idea of a trellis, but I’m just not sure how I would make it strong enough to withstand the winds and winter weather. How have you fixed yours? 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,680
    An evergreen hedge, that flowers throughout Spring and Summer, is a fairly impossible ask.
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