Choosing a hedge

Hi everyone, I'm new here but I need some help! I have a semi circle of grass alongside our house that we are trying to screen off and extend our small back garden. I attempted planning permission for a 6ft fence but the paperwork was rather difficult so I am thinking hedge instead since that doesn't need permission (the garden is along a shared driveway). I am in a cul-de-sac, and the garden is popular with local kids and a neighbour's dog uses it for a toilet (killing all of our plants).

I need to completely seal if off with hedge (there will be access through a wall), but I'm a bit worried about affecting foundations, since the hedge will be built up to the house. I have been recommended a Western Red Cedar hedge as one that will grow fairly quickly and is resistant to dog urine.

Is it safe to plant close to my house? (I'm new to all this)

Or would anyone recommend anything different?


Thanks in advance!



  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,638

    I think the person who recommended Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) must have been joking. The grow to over 60 matres (200feet) tall. 

    Do you have the space? 

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,411

    yew is good, but grows slow and is poisonous (not good with kids about)

    Lonicera (box leaved honeysuckle) is good, grows quick and forms a dense hedge and you can get it in green, gold, variegated and lots more I think? so you can mix it up in the hedge and it wont be a monochrome green

  • Hi everyone! thanks for the replies

    hedges direct are the ones that actually recommended the Western Red Cedar!
    but I thought it might be good to get a second opinion

    as i said, my worry is whether my hedges could affect the foundations of the house - I'm not sure how far away I can plant (or what I should plant)...... 

    I forgot to mention that the garden has clay soil - not sure if that makes a difference

  • Hi Treehugger80, Lonicera looks pretty good actually! it grows to 2mtrs high, so that is what I need, and it looks like it would survive the dog too!

    Sorry - amateur question - I guess using a small hedge like this means I don't need to worry about foundations?

  • Hi Chris, I am a favourite to copper beech, might take a while to grow but keeps its leaves all year round with a change of colour, and not hard to maintain, if you go for a quick growing bush remember it will always need cutting slow growers  needs less


    best of luck

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I would recommend something different, but I would like to know how many metres/feet you need to cover, and assuming you plant say 3 foot apart, how many plants do you think you might need...thinking of cost here...? and how tall do you want them to grow before trimming... there are lots of hedging options that you don't need to worry about foundations with... I tend to think towards 'thorny', if I want to keep both animals and children...out... but you can make a dense hedge with a single type easy to manage shrub...Ribes sanguineum for instance...

    ..or Lonicera as already mentioned...

  • Hi Salino, thanks for replying, I need around 22mtrs of hedge and to be honest I don't need anything higher than 2mtrs, I just want privacy in the garden. I like the idea of thorny!! I want quite a dense hedge, so I guess I will needs lots of hedge and lots of money... something not too expensive would be nice though! I like the look of Lonicera, but I'd be tempted by something thorny

    Hi Buddyboy, thank you, my worry is that I'm running it right up to the house to create a barrier all round, so I don't know how close is too close

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    What about English holly?  Not as fast growing as some things, but it only needs trimming once a year, is great for wildlife, provides you with some Christmas decorations and is certainly dense and thorny.  

    While it's growing you can protect it with  temporary windbreak netting like this which would not need any planning consent etc. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • I like berberris for keeping things out (spikes) and for colour and interest. 

    Escalonia for attracting bees and butterflies and flowers.

    Beech is nice and I've got a lot of that but it's slow growing.

    What you could do though is plant something fast growing first and plant something more attractive behind it.  Use the fast growing.... dare I say Leylandii ....   and then take that out later.

    You don't normally need planning permission for a fence.

  • Thanks everyone!

    all of your advice is really appreciated

    I will look into all of your suggestions

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