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Default Sheep resistant plants?

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On Sunday, 15 April 2001 19:33:16 UTC+1, John Neale Baraclough wrote:
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from "Nicola Taylor" contains these words:

Hi, can anyone help two non-gardeners here in the NW Highlands of Scotland,
please? We need to disguise a rather ugly wooden fence (3' high), perhaps
with a climber. Trouble is, the flippin' sheep wander all over the place
here and eat just about everything. Any suggestions for sheep-resistant
plants gratefully received.

Where you are, the simplest answer is ivy. There are plenty of ones
that are decorative and some that are less vigorous than the wild form.
If even that fails to thrive, gorse is pretty well the only option
I can think of.

I suggest you try gorse. It's evergreen, tough, sheep proof, and it
flowers. Clipped tight it makes a superb hedge; there used to be one
just at the entrance to Inverewe gardens. Please read the charter
about posting advertisements on this ng.

Assuming that you are prepared to keep it clipped, and don't mind its
aggressive tendencies (both spines and roots) :-)

quest, though am looking for a cascading plant to cover a very ugly
wall which the sheep will not eat! I have had to pay 500 to fence my
front garden because of sheep, it makes me angry, I do not see why I
should have to pay this, the crofters who let their sheep just roam
should pay for fencing our gardens against their marauding sheep!!

If you choose to live in an area where open grazing is traditional,
you should accept it, and not impose suburban attitudes on others.
Ivy would do for you, too.

Nick Maclaren.