Ideas to fill out a hedge

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    Our neighbour got some fencing contractors in and put an enormous 7ft fence up but also hacked at our hedge. We dont want to fall out with her so looking for some evergreen fast growing shrubs ( or an already mature evergreen shrubs ) which we could plant to fill in the gaps..pic attached

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    Fargesia is one I always say, pyracantha as a wall shrub, ceanothus or escallonia, but most will need a haircut to keep them trained to the wall. Of course there is always some of the larger hebes, but these tend to look more lax.
    You could paint the fence your side black, it makes any green plant look greener
     
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      Thanks for that. I guess I wanted something that sort of merges with the hedge rather than was too different.

      I did think of laurels if I cm get them close enough to the remaining hedge but I would have to buy a mature one as they can grow quite slowly and I want to hide the horrendous gaps as quick as possible
       
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      What plant is that, that you are using as a hedge, wont it grow and cover the fence in the summer?
       
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      Sympathise but falling out is never pleasant.... We had a horrendous time with fairly open gardens and then out of the blue a 2 metre fence(suppose to be 1 metre for front ones) went up but because our gardens had a huge slope to it, by the time it got to half way downwards the fence was what we plus the locals called Pebsham Prison because the fence went across the front of their front garden with a tall solid gate. The first time the postman called he could not deliver as the gate was locked...
      We had Lonicera ,unsure what type but it was tall around 1 and half metres, but would grow within it self and get a tad untidy and to prune we found we had to pull out the branches before pruning it. It can look very attractive with the two tones of green leaves no flowers ,lovely when the sun shone on it ...Here we prefer Laurel. Ours grows quite quickly and is thick and gives us privacy as well as covering up our wired fencing, it is a tough shrub so unlikely to die on you.... We also have tall conifers and if left to grow too tall and then prune they will go brown quite often and then they look horrid...
       
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      Thanks for the comments.

      We did wonder as well as laurel about ivy and/or holly bushes and let it grow through the hedge ?
       
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      We have 'galloping' ivy here, I do not know how to stop it in its path as it does take out the grass, apart from pulling it out of where ever it decides to trail through...My thoughts on Ivy,do not like, I know there are different kinds like we have one that is variegated and is not so invasive, but it still clings to our stone wall and our not so nice neighbours deal with the ivy whose ever it belongs to by pouring bleach on it....yours being a fence I would let the Laurel bushes, if that is what you choose, establish themselves you may feel you don't need any other plants with them. They are slow growing at first which might put you off them....
       
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      Why not use the chance to grow something else there?

      If enough sun is reaching the fence from your side I would suggest planting black- or rasberries (without thornes would be preferable). They grow incredibly fast, and if you set a barrier for the roots they will stay where they are.

      Added bonus: they are delicious

      Same would go for Blueberries (less work but slower growth), Aronia bushes (fast growing, but need a trim to keep them slim) or currants (somewhere in between)
       
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      Thanks for the replies so far..

      The trouble is we are expecting something already 4ft high and fast growing... That's not easy...
       
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