Hedging for wildlife
We are planting a hedge this winter along one boundary fence of our garden. We have 26m to fill and I would like this to be good for birds, bees and other wildlife and maybe cooking/eating. We are also planting an apple tree (greensleeves) and green gage tree (imperial) nearby so want the crab apple and a type of wild plum for pollination?
We are going to keep it at about 1.5m tall for now.There is also a large oak tree shading a good patch of the fencing. I have only found purging buckthorn for this area? It may get sun first thing in the morning but will otherwise be shaded. The garden is East facing so gets sun all day apart from under that huge tree (getting tree surgeons to prune soon)
We are not green fingered and do tend to neglect things a little at times as busy with work and kids. It will get a spring and winter trim though depending on what is necessary.
Should we plant blocks of each type or a total mixture?