I want to plant a narrow hedge to add privacy to my garden. What would be the best option?
NoviceGardenOwner Posts: 31
Hi, I'm sure you get questions like this a lot so I'll try to be brief and summarise the research I have already done myself.
I have a border between my small garden and my neighbour's with a low fence (as shown in the photo below) that makes me feel very exposed. My garden doesn't have much greenery in it either so I see this as a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by adding a hedge.
I'd like a hedge that I can quickly grow to and maintain at these dimensions: 5.5m across, 50-75cm thick, 2m tall (I'm over 6ft myself, so want it to be around my own height so I can't see over it).
I'd like it to be evergreen (to provide thick cover all year round).
If it could have a but of colour (some flowers etc), that would be a bonus, but not absolutely essential if not possible.
As I don't really have any gardening experience, it would need to be quite easy for me to successfully plant once I remove a strip of the paving slabs.
And not too expensive would be great too.
I've been looking around the internet and the hedge I am primarily looking at currently is Escallonia rubra var. macrantha. But I have no idea whether this would be a big mistake or if there are better things that can meet my requirements instead.
Could somebody here with more knowledge than me offer some advice please?
Sorry for the ambiguity. The fence is staying as-is (my neighbour owns it). I just want something that will grow alongside (and higher than) it.
I think unless you're talking conifer hedges you may find you lose "bits" now and again. As with all things garden related, the more preparation you put in, the better.
After you remove the paving slabs it's important to renovate your soil before planting, ideally a few days beforehand to allow it to settle. It will be compacted due to the weight of the slabs so needs to be enriched, preferably with fresh topsoil and organic material such as well rotted manure, soil conditioner or garden compost.