Dave Humby Posts: 1,142
We are in the process of moving house out to the sticks. The picture below (from Google street view) shows the front hedge at some point in the past
The picture below shows it’s current state after what appears to be an over zealous haircut.
Do you think the hedge can recover to its former glories and, if so, how long to get back to the prior state?
An 'archway' with evergreens is easy enough to do without using a posh structure. You could do it with Beech or Hornbeam, just shaped as needed, in the same way you would if they were hedging. They take that very well. Yew as well, or even some of the other sturdy shrubs which don't mind pruning and footering with. Eleagnus etc.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
I think we'll need to see what the result of the removal is before deciding completely on the plan. It may be that a combination of arbour, pyracantha and climber (Trachelospermum) etc might be the way to go. The arbour would give an element of immediate 'cover' while waiting the few years for the other planting to take over.
I appreciate the thoughts and suggestions!