Replanting between leylandii stumps
I have a leylandii hedge along the north boundary of my garden. I dislike leylandii as I find it boring (and I'm allergic to it!). There are too many to dig out, and due to the terraced nature of my garden, I can't grind or pull the stumps out. The hedge is about 5 metres long with about 18 leylandii (planted about 30 cm apart). The hedge is currently about 1.5m high.
As it's a northern boundary, I want to have something to protect from wind etc, and a panel fence wouldn't suit the rest of the garden. I was condidering trimming all the branches and some of the top of each leylandii to leave bare stumps of about 1m ish tall.
I then wanted to plant or transplant other plants inbetween the stumps. I have 2 buddleia and 2 ceanothus that need relocating. My questions are:
- is this a really stupid plan?
- will the leylandii just grow back?
- will anything grow inbetween?
- will the ceanothus /buddleia transplant?
- what else couldI plant inbetween?
- have you any other suggestions?