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Hedging - against a close board fence?

LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,063

Would it be a good or bad idea to grow formal hedging (thinking yew or hornbeam) close to a (sturdy, concrete post and gravel boarded) close board fence?

Thinking of planting about 1-1 1/2 foot away and keeping it trimmed quite tight to the fence line. Fence is west facing.

Want to minimise the space taken up but hide the fence with a nice uniform formal hedge. I would prefer that look to climbers, which I have also considered.

My concern is it might lean away from the fence or cause damage to it.


  • Yew will be fine. It's a very resilient and accommodating subject. Hornbeam may be thinner at the back, but it, too, is versatile. If the ground's likely to be damp then hornbeam is ideal.  However, the rich close dark evergreen foliage of yew takes some beating.


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,063


    Thanks! Found these images of beech hedging tight up to a fenceline, which looks similar to what I want to achieve. I love yew hedging but the cost of bare root Hornbeam is attractive. 

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