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Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Garden -

Q

We have re­cently bought an ar­bour. I am look­ing for a plant to put at the side to use as a wind break and to pro­vide some pri­vacy. I’m look­ing for some­thing fairly ma­ture. Thanks in an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Alice Hogg

A

How about a lovely ever­green hon­ey­suckle such as Lon­icera japon­ica ‘Hal­liana’? It will climb vig­or­ously and quickly cover your ar­bour, pro­vid­ing a pri­vacy screen of dark green leaves. The real at­trac­tion how­ever will be when it is cov­ered from spring through to sum­mer with de­li­ciously fra­grant white and yel­low flow­ers – a real treat to sit be­neath on a sum­mer’s evening.

Or if you are look­ing for in­stant cover now, how about a bam­boo that will gen­tly rus­tle in the breeze?

Choose a clump-form­ing va­ri­ety, though, so you don’t have to worry about it run­ning all over the gar­den and into the neigh­bour’s land!

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