Re: Prickly hedge for a shady site
- From: nmm1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Nick Maclaren)
- Date: 27 Feb 2008 08:34:31 GMT
In article <8756e0d6-6ca3-4185-b427-3f166e544455@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
|> On 25 Feb, 19:35, "Jeff Layman" <jmlay...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
|> > Pyracantha would probably fit the bill. You could always mix it with Rosa
|> > rugosa and blackberry. That should provide a pretty impenetrable mass. How
|> > about adding a blackthorn for good measure? A good selection of flowers and
|> > fruits there.
|> My rosa rugosa groes like buggery on it's damp, clayish, heavy soil -
|> except in shade. As for Blackthorn, that's what is causing the
|> shade. It likes going upwards.
Blackthorn is a variable species, and may also be a straggly shrub.
In the wrong, er, right, conditions, Pyracantha can produce shoots
6' long and 3/4" at the base in a season. I got rid of mine, because
I got so sick of pruning it.
My guess is that, in heavy soil, Rosa rugosa would be the best bet.
In very poor soil, almost certainly blackthorn.