Another planting blog, this time with deciduous Hornbeam. Unlike most other deciduous trees Hornbeam tends to hold on to their leaves until the new flush, making them a great choice for screening. In light-starved gardens, they make a good choice as they a less dense than evergreen alternatives, allowing more light through. Hornbeam thrives in wet conditions with clay soil making them a good choice for the east and south of England.
Great for the environment, they also add beauty and sculpture to any garden. What's not to love!
Privacy. Often the first thing uttered when speaking about gardens and their design. The lack of it is mostly, but occasionally a perceived hostile act by a neighbour with the introduction of a high fence or wall. There's not much I can do about the latter, but the former is an easier fix. Seldom, for the very reasons set out here, do I recommend the introduction of a hard landscaping structure for privacy, but hedges are a much easier solution. One could try, with a tricky neighbour, to plant a juvenile hedge and wait for it to grow. With the right species this shouldn't take too long, but long enough so as to not upset My Lord or Her Ladyship next door With less problematic neighbours a pleached hedge is often a good solution. Think a hedge on a stick. The trunks are grown to typical fence heights, with the head being a rectangular shape. Planted next to one another evergreen trees can offer instant, and complete, privacy. Personally, I like a good, old-fashioned hedge. Great for wildlife, privacy and artistry when clipped to topiary.
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