Mixed hedge shrubs
I want to plant a mixed hedge. I was thinking of mixing photinia carre rouge and pyracantha. Do they do well together?
What other suggestions do you have for a mixed hedge (preferably pet friendly)?
west central Scotland
That would depend on you location and climate
. Photinias can be very ugly in wetter colder areas, while Pyracantha won't mind some wet once established, and is very hardy.
What is your soil like and the general aspect of the hedge site? I'm assuming you want an evergreen hedge, due to your initial ideas. You could go for an all thorny mix of Pyra and Berberis, which will give you lots of flowers and berries later. Some berberis aren't evergreen so you'd need to check. Ilex would work too. Again- lots of types.
Or a more straightforward shrub like Eleagnus. Easy in most sites and hardy. Several types to choose from, and most are evergreen. Some Cotoneasters would be fine too.
If it's shady, Viburnums would also be fine, again some aren't evergreen so a bit of research would be needed
It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....
Photinia and Pyracantha have completely different leaf sizes, so I don't think they would work well as a hedge
When the Photinia has bright red leaves in Spring, your Pyracantha would be green, so you would have a green and red striped hedge, which would look odd.
Hawthorn would be a better companion plant for Pyracantha, plus both have blossom and berries, so good for wildlife.
I have a dog, never encountered any kind of hedging which is a problem for them, even our very spiky Pyracantha hedge. It's a bigger problem for the gardeners (i.e. us!).