The roses listed here are suitable for growing in poor soil. It’s the foodplant for the holly blue butterfly, Celastrina argiolus, and makes an excellent windbreak, too. Climbers and wall shrubs. It’s a firm favourite with wildlife – pollinators and birds are drawn to this variety as it offers food and shelter. There is also the option of planting copper beech as a dark, contrasting hedge, or a mixture of green and copper beech. Our great range includes a variety of different species, ideal for all types of gardens and planting schemes. I suggest you carry a heavy iron bar to test for the depth of the soil. Lonicera will also tolerate clay soil and with its tiny evergreen leaves and tight structure provides a dense impenetrable structure which can be clipped to a tidy formal hedge. Plantings. box-shadow: none !important; Fast-growing hedges can grow up to 5m providing your garden with a privacy screen. It’s really is that hard, filled with rocks and impossible to dig. Slow growing, it’s easy to maintain. [{"@context":"http:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"LocalBusiness","name":"Hopes Grove Nurseries","image":"https:\/\/www.hopesgrovenurseries.co.uk\/wp-content\/themes\/hopesgrovenurseries-v1-1-3\/img\/ui\/hopes-grove-logo-landscape.svg","openingHours":"8:30 - 17:00","priceRange":"\u00a3","address":{"@type":"PostalAddress","addressCountry":"United Kingdom","addressLocality":"Tenterden","addressRegion":"Kent","postalCode":"TN30 7LT","streetAddress":"Hopes Grove Nurseries, Smallhythe Road","email":"sales@hopesgrovenurseries.co.uk","telephone":"01580 765600","description":"Award-winning Kent nursery. You are also more likely to have success with borderline hardy, exotic plants, as they are more able to survive winter cold if they don’t have wet roots. Note that plants with a taproot (a long, thick main root that digs deep into the soil) are probably never going to grow well in shallow soil, so if your soil is naturally shallow, you’d do better to choose something with a spreading root system. Rosa rugosa makes an informal, flowering hedge. .asl_m input[type=search]:-ms-input-placeholder{font-family:inherit !important;} Good soil preparation beforehand will give your hedge the best start in life. Hedges For Clay Soil – So often you hear gardeners lamenting about wanting to grow x, y and z plants in their gardens only to qualify it with ‘but we are on clay’, as if it is some kind of soil borne deficiency or shortcoming.