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Re: Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus

Message from Gremlin

In forum: Carpinus betulus

You could consider creating a raised bed, which will drain quicker than the surrounding soil. If water logging is serious, how about growing some willows and just keep them to the height you want.

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  • Posted: Sat. 26th November 2011 11:43

Top 10 searched for plants in Shoot

Comment from Nicola

In forum: Plants most searched for in Shoot

This week the most poular plants (top 10 list) searched for in Shoot includes:

Triteleia Queen Fabiola
Viburnum tinus
Alchemilla mollis
Carpinus betulus
Choisya ternata
Quercus robur
Salvia nemorosa
Stipa tenuissima
Clematis armandii
Lavandula angustifolia

  • Posted: Thu. 7th July 2011 10:43

Creating a pleached hedge from scratch

Question from Jilly Cook

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Does anyone have any experience of creating a pleached hedge from scratch? I am creating a garden for someone who is a keen gardener and doesn't mind patiently waiting for a few years for the hedge to develop. So far, I have been advised from one nursery that you can create one from planting 6-7 ft feathered Carpinus betulus and taking off the lower laterals in spring and subsequently tying the new laterals into a support system.

If anyone can share their experiences or adivce on choosing the right plants or creating the right support that would be great.

Kind regards

Jill Cook

  • Posted: Mon. 5th July 2010 13:27

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Message from Valerie Munro

In forum: Carpinus betulus

Hi Margaret,

I realize that as gardeners we must heed the advice of those who know more than we do, but we must at the same time apply some common sense in what we plant and where.

You talk of your intended site for the hornbeam hedge as being prone to water-logging. Here the problem for plants is that in a boggy soil, the roots are starved of the oxygen that they need. Some plants will be able to handle this better than others - alder, birch, some hawthorn cultivars, etc and all willows. Hornbeam is not a classis bog-buster in this context.

There is another thought that we nanny our plants too much in our gardens. In the wild, plants have a choice, survive or not and some will put up with the most amazing hardships that our gardening books would never prescribe! If you can do something to help with the drainage of your soil then I would say go ahead. You could mix sharp sand into the planting hole/s. But, the boggier the soil, the more you will have to do and in an extreme case you may have to think about putting down some form of soak-a-way drain.

A pleached hedge is definitely a joy to behold, but it will take some years to achieve. If you are looking for a more instant screen have you considered exploiting some of our speedier climbing plants? As a suggestion, Clematis armandii will give you fragrant blossom early in the year, and yet keep its leaves all year round. You could mix this in with some other honeysuckle and/or another later flowering clematis.

You could of course do both, and use the trellis screen as a temporary measure with the line of hornbeams planted in front of them. When your pleached hedge has reached its desired height, you can then remove the screen behind it.

Good luck!
Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Sun. 28th February 2010 13:02

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus

General post from margaret

In forum: Carpinus betulus

We have a clay soil garden, prone to waterlogging. We want to plant a row of pleached hornbeams to form a screen from our neighbours. We are told they tolerate clay, but how do they tolerate water, and can anyone suggest anything better suited that will provide instant cover ? Thanks

  • Posted: Wed. 24th February 2010 21:30

Carpinus betulus

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Carpinus betulus

Grown as a tree, hornbeam is only suitable for large gardens. The rarely seen hawfinch is fond of its seeds, and the leaves are the food plant of many moths.

  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 07:38