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Small hedge of perennials, any ideas?

iamtoiamto Posts: 111

I was thinking to make a low image"hedge" made of either a perennial or some sort of shrub, from 30 to 90cm high. It is in part sun. Any ideas what i can plant? What would you have planted?image

It is a 2.4 meters long space.

Last edited: 06 September 2016 12:55:14



  • Box is usually quite tidy for a hedge, or yew, if you can afford it!  If you want something more interesting perhaps daphne, hebe or a hydrangea?

  • Agree Pittosporums are great and good for shaping. Lonicera nitida is also good and very fast growing and tough as old boots.  

  • Pittosporum and euonymus are probably too large and/or fast growing for a hedge under 1m.

  • If you don't want to cut it a couple of times a year , yes.  For such a small space I would have thought that anything fast growing shouldn't be a problem. I have two 9 metre long hedges, one of which is 2.5 metres high so maybe my perspective on what is a small hedge is a bit skewed. ?

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,154

    Euonymus Emerald n Gold is okay for a low hedge.....I have one. Getting it to 1m is the problem rather than trying to keep it shorter.

    Lonicera Nitida Baggesens Gold is a gorgeous golden version that can look stunning.

  • I'm not familiar with Tom Thumb, it looks nice though, certainly a good choice!  I felt a bit dirty suggesting box, I think Euonymus is probably in that ilk!  I have one outside my front door that a blackbird was building a nest in when I came home and disturbed it.  Probably for the best in hindsight, I doubt it would have wanted its nest there really.  I find although it doesn't grow upwards particularly fast it does grow outwards lots and for a tidy hedge is probably a 3-4 times-a-year affair, lest it slap me in the face with a cold, wet branch until I submit.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,307

    I keep being tempted by Pittosporum Verd, but they aren't reliably hardy here. I'd love one of the dark ones but it would be going at the corner of the new bed, and the corner of the 'stension where it would catch the wind 'whistling up the Trossachs' - if you catch my drift....image

    Going to the nursery soon I come back with one...image

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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