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Derek123Derek123 Posts: 1

Hello All,

I am a very inexperienced gardener who is looking for advice to help me make the right plant selection.

There has been a new hedge planted outside my property on a new housing estate. I own the hedge and its maintenance from now on; so would like to make it look beautiful.

I would like to plant some flowers for instant colour (was thinking normal bedding plants, maybe spreading) and then some bulbs that may flower every year and some small plants that flower every year?

(ps there is an established hedge we would like to do the same with)

Any advice would be very welcome.





Best Regards

Derek & Natasha




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,284

    A deciduous hedge will suck all the moisture out of the soil during the summer and most summer flowering stuff will struggle to survive. Primroses and snowdrops are the traditional plants for hedge bottoms.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,284

    Remember to water the hedge every week for the first year, until it gets established.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I'd be tempted to replace some of new hedge with shrubs with interest - catkins now in spring then maybe a few feet along an escallonia or something that has flowers in summer and maybe and autumn interest one,

    In nature hedges also have things like honeysuckle growing through them or garden flower  wise a couple of clematis going through the bushes

    You can adapt it for interest I'm sure

  • LucyLLucyL Posts: 163

    I agree with Matty, having clematis or honeysuckle growing through it will add colour to the hedge too image

    Maybe some woodland plants might work under the hedge? (but depends how dry it would get)but if it does get dry i'm sure there is dry loving shade plants? In my garden i have mainly all of my plants in pots which dry out pretty quick in the summer, but some of the things such as pansys have still survived.  

  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    Someone in my neighbourhood has aubretia under their hedge growing up into, which looks quite pretty this time of year when it is in bloom.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,528
    Violets might be happy there.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,466

    Hardy geraniums - choice of colours and sizes, tough as old boots.

  • ToadyToady Posts: 56

    Wild violets, Geranium Macrorrhizum is brilliant for dry shade, also sweet woodruff (Galium Odorata) and maybe some Perywinkle.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    Don't choose anything to tall or it makes the hedge die off at the bottom. Violets, primroses, snowdrops, lovelyimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • What could I plant under my mature North-facing hawthorn hedge... I'm fed up with the stinging nettles!  I'd love to put some sorting bulbs in looking for good ground cover throughout spring summer autumn,  ferns maybe? 
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