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RitchieRitchie Posts: 36
Hi folks, Im looking some sort of trees/shrub that are evergreen and will grow fast to offer decent privacy that will grow over 8ft high at the bottom of my garden. I dont want a standard hedge such a laurel but more of shrubs that will give good dense cover but possibly with flowers etc during summer. Would anyone have any ideas so I could look at a few of your suggestions?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,846

    Can you tell us the aspect and also what soil you have as they both make a lot of difference as well as how cold your garden gets in winter?

    I would suggest pyracantha which is evergreen, has spring blossom and autumn shrubs and is fairly fast growing.  It is great for wildlife and can be trained against walls and fences.

    Euonymous fortuneii would give you creamy variegation which would brighten things up in winter but, in my experience, they don't like to go below -10C.  There are also yellow/gold variations.

    Eleagnus would also give you variegated forms in creams or yellows with silvery underleaves.

    Photinia davidii woul dgive you evergreen leaves and spring flwoers and autumn berries.  Some of the leaves turn red and drop in autumn.  Photinia robinia has red spring foliage which is renewed with new growth after it's been trimmed if you grow it as a hedge rather than a shrub.

    Berberis julianae has golden yellow flowers and red berries.

    None of the above will grow like the clappers but they will achieve the height you want and provide interest.  None is particularly fussy about soil type.

    If you have acid soil you can look at assorted rhododendrons.

    However, if you intend to clip it as a hedge I'd stick with the pyracantha, berberis or photinia robinia.


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  • RitchieRitchie Posts: 36
    Hi Obelixx thanks for your suggestion.

    The area is at bottom of garden some 80metres from house. Beyond this is the neighbours drive which is a bit of an eyesore.

    I need to cover an area 20 metres across approx,this plant/shrub dosent need to be trimmed just something that will grow fast and look well all year round if possible.

    The ground has just been drained and soil at a netural Ph level however the rhodies in the front do very well.

    Winter here can get cold alright I suppose like most of the UK.

    Any other suggestion would be appriciated.

    Thanks again
  • RitchieRitchie Posts: 36
    What are they tetley?
  • ligustrum ovalifolium - its on sale at wyvale garden centres.

  • Flora rosaFlora rosa Posts: 262

    They look lovely tetley, wish my garden was as big ! Really nice 

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    What about Escallonia. Pretty quick growing and evergreen and flowers? Will easily make 8feet.
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  • RitchieRitchie Posts: 36
    Wasnt overly fussed on Escallonia, sorry claire your message seems to have disappeared what where they called?

    Could anyone recommend a few large rhodie varieties they seem like they would be an option are they slow growing thats the only thing?
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,846

    Go to the RHS website and click on plants.  It lets uou enter them by name or genus and find out about suitable varieties.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Rinus KRinus K Posts: 67

    Hi Ritchie,

    I just to have a hedge of Holly but was not satisfied with it. They didn't grow, not dense enough and it went ugly with many yellow leaves. I blame our gardener for giving us the wrong advise. Last year we decided to replace it and choose Prunus Lusitanica. Perfect. Its green, dense, grows very well and we are very happry with the result. Highly recommended

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,026

    I agree with Tetley about Choisya. It has white flowers in spring and autumn as well as being evergreen, perfumed and bushy.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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