Detail of a mostly native windbreak hedge on the eco-homes project
On part of the eco-homes project I’m landscaping, there’s a 2m high clay and shale bank. Unfortunately, much of the hedge was cut back, leaving some Hawthorn, Hazel and Blackthorn. I have replanted the hedge, with a mix of mostly natives. As it’s a northern hedge, the height of the plants isn’t really an issue.
In a forest garden, grow native plants where you can, as they’ve co-evolved with the wildlife and generally support more species, particularly invertebrates.
Here’s the full list:
- ‘Bowles Hybrid’ Willow x20
- Field Maple
- Japanese Rose
- Wayfaring Tree
- Cornelian Cherry
- Autumn Olive
Apart from the rose, which was supposed to be a Dog Rose, the only non-natives are the Cornus mas and the Autumn Olive, I added a couple in for the edible berries.
I’ll prune the hedge back in a year, taking out the central leaders to encourage the plants to bush out. Pretty sure no-one will really notice the hedge but it will be a fantastic home for wildlife, with edible berries for humans too.
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