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Hedge advice for sandy soil in windy spot

We would like to plant a hedge next to the road on our property. It doesn't need to be a very big hedge. It is under a pine tree, so the soil is quite acidic with lots of pine needles. Next to/On top of a granite wall, so better not to have large roots that would disrupt this. The climate is mild (Channel Islands), but we are on a hill and it can be very exposed/windy. Other parts of the wall have a Fuschia hedge, which does well, but is further away from the tree and very thin in winter. We would prefer to have something that is either green all year, or has a lot more density (so the backyard is a little more sheltered and private). Be great if the hedge can establish itself within a couple of years or so. The climate here means things do tend to grow quickly.

Any recommendations/ideas? We have a big bay that seems to be ok in these conditions and I considered making a bay hedge, but that might be quite a slow grower?





  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Eleagnus, Olearia come straight to mind Kaspar both good for exposed positions.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    How about sea buckthorn - belongs on windy, sandy beaches, and very thorny so would discourage unwanted visitors.  Apparently you can eat the berries as well!

  • Thanks to all for the ideas. I'm having a look at them in more detail and comparing to what else I have found out in the last day or two. I'll let you all know how I get on! K

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