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Covering an ugly fence by a patio area

Hi, can anyone please suggest any ideas/plants for a formal planting hedge that will need to cover a 5 metre wide by 40cms depth border with a 2 metre high fence as backdrop by the side of the house. I was thinking of ligustrum or privet lollipop shrubs, as box is so expensive, with santolina or hebe balls filling the gaps. The border is facing south west but only gets a few hours of sunshine in the afternoon as it's shaded by the side of the house. my real dilemma is what is the best option for growing in only 40 cms depth of soil and hiding as much of the fence as well as keeping it low maintenance, hence not going for climbers. 

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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,905

    what about native hedging mix, or  rosa rugosas.They are pretty low maintenance maybe not formal enough, beech hedging?.  Box isnt plus the box blight is a problem, lollipop privet, hebe balls you are talking specialist pruning, no low maintenance.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,069

    Why not just paint it and then hang some fairy lights on it?  If there's no leccy nearby, hang candle holders or outside lanterns on brackets.

    Plant herbs in the bed for cutting for the kitchen and BBQ.   

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • anemonaanemona Posts: 3

    Well, you're right about some pruning to be done with my idea, I'll keep an open mind with the hedging mix, and as for painting the fence and growing herbs it sounds like a nice idea too, it's amazing the world of possibilities, most grateful image

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,677

    Hi Anemona, Trachelospermum Jasinoides is a good option if you like green evergreen leaves. In the summer time, you have the bonus of scented star flowers. It will need some kind of lattice training when young. But once established, it probably only needs snipping stray growth.

    Euonymous Japonicus and Fortunei are other options if you want things quite formal. They offer variagated foliage too.

    Last edited: 16 May 2017 18:17:15

  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    lonicera nitida or lonicera pileada?  

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,905

    As for the fairy lights, I have solar powered ones they are cheap as chips, and no messing about with leccy or trying to keep batteries dry,Anemona did say she wants "formal" and not climbers!

  • anemonaanemona Posts: 3

    Thanks everyone, 

    I decided that painting the fence is a definitely yes now, plus a few lollipops with informal small evergreen shrubs filling the gaps. I love the jasmin and I will use it to cover another fence in the garden. 

    I will send a photo when completed, thanks again

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,069

    Good.  looking forward to the pics.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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