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Hedging help please!!

Hi, I'd like to put in a low hedge.  Some of my neighbours have suffered from box blight so I'm trying to avoid box.  Does anyone have any suggestions for an alternative low hedge?  Ilex crenata looks lovely but is so expensive (I have 10 metres to plant up).  Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea looks lovely but it's deciduous.  Copper beech is wonderful but I think it's hard to keep to a low height as it's so fast growing?  Any ideas anyone? Many thanks.



  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    Have a look at Lonicera nitida, comes in green and yellow variegated forms. Easy to keep to a reasonable height.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Is it sunny j and h? If so, a row of Hebes would make a good evergreen hedge. Pick one of the smaller varieties like Vernicosa (looks like box) which doesn't get too big (about 2 feet/60 cm)  or Odora - also known as buxifolia because it resembles box. It gets to around a metre I think. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    You don't say how low is low?  Is it a boundary hedge?

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Lavender makes a lovely hedge if you have light soil and sun image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,583

    Euonymus makes a good low hedge, its evergreen and clips well.

  • We are planning to replace a very straggly hedge of lonicera nitida, and are considering griselina littoralis "variegata".  We want the hedge to be about 1.5 metres high. I'm not giving a firm recommendation, as we have yet to begin this operation. It's more of a piggyback question, to see if anyone has any thoughts on this.

    Oh, and how difficult will it be to get the roots of the lonicera out of the soil?

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  • Wow everyone, thank you for so much help.  Have to go to work now but I'll investigate everything this evening.  In answer to a few questions though it will form the boundary between us and the pavement, no more than 2ft high x 1ft wide, gets the morning sun, clay soil.  Neighbours have box which looks smart but many have blight. I'll come back later.  Many thanks again.

  • Thanks for the advice about Grisellina, Tetley and Gertie. The variagated one seems to be a shorter-growing variety, so will probably be more suitable. All we have to do now is get rid of the old hedge!

  • Well rain has stopped play for me today unfortunately, so home early.  I've looked into everything but I think I'm going to go with Ilex Crenata.  I like the dark green, small leaf.  Have had grisellinia as a shrub before but the leaf isn't right for the hedge.  Thanks to all for helping. JandH  

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