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I have a dead hawthorn hedge
Previous owner weed killed it!!!
I want to edge and stone under it and imagine clematis, honeysuckle growing on the hedge
What would you grow up it and Infront of it
The front is South facing


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,789
    Are you sure it's dead? A mature hawthorn hedge would need a fair bit of weedkiller to see it off.
    However, if it is, I wouldn't plant anything until you're absolutely sure it is dead. Do you know when the weed killer was applied?
    I'm not sure what you mean by 'stone it'. Do you mean put gravel under it? 

    If you want to plant other climbers in front, using it as a support, you'll need to spend some time prepping the ground. It won't be very hospitable. The hedge will eventually break down, so it would be better to have a suitable support in place first - even some posts and wires.
    Honeysuckles generally need a fairly damp soil to do well, with some shade at their feet, so I'm not sure that would be the best choice. 
    Lots of clematis will suit though. You can browse the various specialist sites for idea, but many are out of stock of a lot of plants just now.
    Taylors, Thorncroft and Hawthornes are all good, and so is Peter Beales - the rose specialist. You'd probably find a rose that would suit  too, if you like them.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    If you can post a couple of photos that might help to give advice  :)
    Whereabouts are you ?  (Just a general location will do).
  • Honeysuckle will not like south facing,they are woodland plants. I find all my clematis also do much better in part shade
  • bédébédé Posts: 3,070
    Apart from flowering and decoration, do you want the hedge to remain a physical and visual barrier.  

    For the latter, to cover dead hawthorns I would plant some ivies.  Buy them from an ivy specialist to your taste: variegated or shaped leaves, large-leafed and small.

     location: Surrey Hills, England, ex-woodland acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
  • It's definitely dead
    Neighbour said it had been weed killed
    It has some ivy in it which I have left
    I'm in Lincolnshire UK
    Yes I was going to put stone under to suppress weeds

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,789
    The ivy you have will be competition for anything new you want to plant, so bear that in mind. They take up huge amounts of water when they get going, depending on the variety. In colder winters, some don't do so well either. 

    Without seeing the area and knowing more about the growing conditions in the site, it's difficult to offer accurate advice re suitable plants though. It's also important to plant any new climber far enough away to give it the best chance of establishing.    :)
    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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