Hedge for a Difficult Site

Vanda Clayton asked 13 years ago

Hi Gerry,Please could you suggest some suitable hedge types for a front garden in a suburban estate that won’t mind being kept fairly low (1m max). It’s a difficult site – north-facing, very exposed and windy, about 1km from the sea with a heavy clay soil that is a bit prone to waterlogging in places. I’m thinking of griselinia, hornbeam or escallonia.Thank a million!

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Griselinia, hornbeam or escallonia are all fine for this purpose, although they usually make a taller hedge. To these you could add yew, holly, Japanese spindle, hebe and olearia.

The wet spots will cause problems for any hedge, the roots dying. You need to either drain the wet spots or raise the soil in a mound or bed that lifts the hedge roots out of the worst of the wet conditions.