Hedge: Hydrangeas? Roses? Hydrangeas and roses?

June 26, 2011

I'm driving myself a bit batty trying to come up with an informal hedge to block a 5-foot chain-link fence that overlooks an ugly parking lot. I have good draining soil, sunny to part-sun, zone 5. I'm trying to cover about 55 feet, and 6 feet high would be nice. I'd like something that blooms in the summer, since we spend more time in that part of the yard then.

I had considered ninebark or viburnum, but Husband isn't a fan. He likes roses and hydrangea, although we have hydrangea elsewhere, so roses would be the first choice.

Do rose hedges get high enough and thick enough? Are they a pain to maintain? Do they get scrubby-looking after a while in a Chicago summer? Maybe I should plant a hydrangea in the middle, with roses on either side? Do you see how I'd driving myself batty? Arrrgh!

Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you.

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