I'm in a bit of bind, really one of indecision. The garden backs on to to small woodlands (ash, sycamore, hawthorn, privet, dogwoods, blackthorn, brambles etc), with occasional footfall. The boundary had consisted of brambles, which have done their job, but I'm wanting to replace with a hedge.
The soil is very poor in the location (chalk downland), and in an exposed west facing spot.
I'm looking at about 8 metres length and 1.5m high, 0.5m trench, the south end already is in partial shade (ash and hawthorn).
I'm after mostly evergreen interest, and flowers, and to blur the boundary of the woodland. I've assembled basic post and rail fencing.
Originally I was going to just use laurel and keep it to about 2m high. It would look nice, but I'm now thinking I'm not being that imaginative, and not really that patient.
A mix might prove more interesting. I considered native hedging, but there's plenty of that, and actually it's about the most exposed sunny spot in the garden and I should take advantage of it.
So here are my thoughts on what to put there:
Rosa Rugosa - in the spirit of the brambles. But not sure if it's suitable for the shadier end.
Cotoneaster (simonsii) or varient. Seems this is not fussy about chalk, and I can happily neglect.
Prunus cerasifera 'Myrobalan'. This looks like a nice option, but not sure how long it would take to grow.
Or perhaps I could mix the above with Laurel at the shady end. It would be nice to have a tree or taller upright of interest in there somewhere. I don't really want to spend much money on the boundary, more a case of shove something there, and leave it.
I could plant laurel at the back, and plant something more interesting in front, but I'm slightly worried about the laurels interfering with adjacent plants, or competing for minimal amount of water that there is. I wouldn't mind planting a cooking apple about a metre away from the boundary.
I'm thinking aloud really, not really a proper question in there, but any thoughts or comments appreciated.