Now i have suckered you in with the easy looking title here's the real problem.
The site for the hedge is along a short road up to a gated development. The road is asphalt and obviously has kerbs. The channel of soil for the hedge to be plated is probably only a foot wide before there is another kerb and another asphalt area (car park)
Not only will the meagre 1 foot wide strip not be a thriving environment for a hedge but the main issue will be water. Being a hard surface on both sides with raised kerbs the hedge will get very little water, it can easily be watered until established but irrigating will not be an option without major cost.
So any ideas of plants you have used or think could be used effectively in this scenario? It doesn't have to be a formal clipped hedge but would need to be evergreen.
I don't think a small-leaved variety would be too vigorous, especially given that there's no other planting nearby to get swamped. I'm not sure I would want to do it behind a herbaceous border, though.
I've got a version of this in my garden - just green clematis 'netting' stapled to wooden posts with a small leaved ivy growing up (I would be more rigorous in a client's garden). I started with young plants so they're not at the top yet and I still have to weave the top-most young growth in to the net. However, the lower area is fairly well filled-in and this just gets sheared once or twice a year whenever it starts to look too shaggy. So it's very low-maintenance and no skill is required.
Stuart @ Eco garden maintenance said:
What an excellent idea. Ivy is tolerant of dry and poor soil, and its evergreen. Might be a bit too vigorous though ?
Sue Bell said:
As the area is so narrow, what about a metal mesh frame supporting ivies. You could use forms with coloured leaves for variety. They are drought tolerant, can be small leaved if you pick the right varieties, have insect-friendly flowers and are easy to trim. Some suppliers even provide ready-made panels.