• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

useful privacy hedge  RSS feed

 
patrick mort
Posts: 14
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm in coastal oregon.. outside of the salt spray zone. I want to grow a privacy hedge under some large western cedars. I would like something that does not loose it's foliage in the winter. The spot gets good sun in the summer, but I think the house may block come sun in the winter.
I'm thinking of building a stone raised bed to plant the hedges in.
I don't know what kind to pick. I would like something with dual purpose.. something that either makes people or chicken food.
Any ideas??
 
Casie Becker
gardener
Posts: 1474
Location: Just northwest of Austin, TX
117
forest garden urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Do a search for fedges and you will get a lot of suggestions for edible hedge plants.

I don't know if they're all feasible in your location, but I've got pineapple guava, pomegranate, rosemary and am planting a yaupon holly (only north american plant with good caffeine content, supposed to be a delicious tea). In my area these are all shrub sized (or small tree) evergreens that tolerate hedge style pruning. Actually, they also have all have prominent flowers that attract a variety of pollinators during different times and the yaupon has winter berries that the local birds love.
 
patrick mort
Posts: 14
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
pineapple guava sounds really neat I've never heard about it. I just looked it up. Sounds like it's good down to 10 degrees. It should do ok here. Do you know how fast it grows? Couldn't find anything about that.
 
Casie Becker
gardener
Posts: 1474
Location: Just northwest of Austin, TX
117
forest garden urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What I can find suggests they're typically quite slow growers. Many sites recommend them as container plants, which certainly supports that thought.

Mine were very small when I planted them and have tripled in size in the past year. But we've had an unusually nice year for growing new plants, they have a very sunny location, and young plants often have an early surge of growth that doesn't maintain itself.
 
Shawn Harper
Posts: 360
Location: Portlandia, Oregon
7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I would say huckleberry maybe.
 
patrick mort
Posts: 14
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I definitely plan on planting huckleberry here but I don't think it will get tall enough to make a good privacy hedge. Am I wrong? When I've seen it in the wild it was always 3 or 4 feet
 
Tobias Ber
Posts: 485
Location: Northern Germany (Zone 8a)
15
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
i d love to grow (somewhat cold-hardy) tea-plant. camelia sinensis something. there is a "sochi" variant that should be very hardy.

they are evergreen, have nice flowers and produce tea.

sadly, my seeds did not germinate
 
Steven Kovacs
Posts: 226
Location: Western Massachusetts (USDA zone 5a, heating zone 5, 40"+)
9
urban
 
Jocelyn Campbell
steward
Posts: 4219
Location: Missoula, MT
394
books food preservation forest garden hugelkultur toxin-ectomy
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I second the evergreen huckleberry - Vaccinium ovatum!

Another good evergreen shrub is Arbutus unedo, strawberry bush or tree.

  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!