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What is there I can plant on poor soil that will climb & spread its self around a small conifer hedge


  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 435

    I have Vinca major under my leylandii hedge.  It will root wherever it touches the ground so quickly spreads.  It also has flowers.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,811

    How 'small' a hedge are we talking Dogbowl? There may be more choices  if you look for a shrub/tall perennial as opposed to a climber. 

    Pic would be helpful if you can. image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DogbowlDogbowl Posts: 88

    Hedge is at present 4yrds long (12ft ) was twice that long when we first moved in but keeping it under control was an hassle & time consuming. So I dug up the tree's & roots of the rest last september but kept some to encourage birds ect ect. I guess it's about 15ft tall with neighbours behind it.

    I quite fancy the thought of some thing pretty with aroma growing between the connecting tree's. We have Snow drops / Blue/White bells / Nacissus planted under the hedge is is obviously a pleasure to see in the spring

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,811

    Ok -so it's a big hedge Dogbowl!!  I'd suggest something like honeysuckle if you want scent. You need to get some goodness into the soil before you start as the conifer hedge will take everything -and the moisture as well. If you can plant it some distance away and train and tie it into the hedge that's probably the best idea and it'll scramble through it. Climbing or rambling roses will do the same but again you need to site them well enough away from the hedge initially so that you can get the soil right for them when you plant. You can use more than one climber too so that you get a succession of flowers. The better the planting hole, the more likely you are to have some success, but you will need to feed and mulch to get the best from the plants you put in image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GirlyfoxGirlyfox Posts: 50

    I have passionflower twined round my garden it has edible fruit on it and stunning big flowers and it spreads and climbs well also honeysuckle and clemitis wonderful at this time of year too


  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    Dog we planted a cutting of honeysuckle this year it is now 6 feet high growing up a wall fan and 6/8 feet wide and has just begun to flower all in a few months i cant put pics up for some reason i dont get a tool bar with the tree and smilies like most ,give it a try and cuttings of honeysuckle are everywhere to be had for nothing

  • DogbowlDogbowl Posts: 88

    Many thanx

    You all make it sound so simple !!!!!! Honey suckle could be the thing I know they smell well cheers

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