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I am new to gardening and have bought 3 hedging plants
The catalogue said they were between 1.2&1.5 m wide and 1.2-2 m high, but the planting instructions say to plant Weigela Bristol Ruby 100-150cm,Forsythia intermedia Spectabilis 30-50cm and Spirea arguta Bridal Wreath 10-20cm apart.
Can anyone tell me if this is correct as I can't see how this will make a hedge 400-500cm long. Also they came in 9cm pots so I have repotted to large pots but can anyone confirm if I will be able to keep them to under 2m in height if they do grow?
Any advice appreciated. I'm new to this

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  • Posted: Fri. 23rd May 2014 11:42

Re: how far apart do I plant

Reply from Carol

I'm pretty sure you will be able to keep them to 2m if that's what you want. You will just have to be ruthless pruning at key times of the year. Mostly things are best cut hard just after flowering, so you might have them at different heights for a few weeks - but many woody shrubs will cope with just about anything. If you need to make a hedge 500cm long, that's 5 metres, isn't it? I think you will need more than these 3 plants, but the distances you have found seem very very close to me. If they are each going to spread 1.2-1.5m, but you want a 5m hedge, I would say you need to plant them no more than 1m apart, so you could use a couple more plants. But maybe some other people will know more about this than I do....

  • Posted: Fri. 23rd May 2014 12:25