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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:18 pm    Post subject: trees to plant beside fence Reply with quote

i am putting slightly under 4 feet high fence around my front garden as this is the highest one can go without planning permission

Now i want a privacy screen that will go about 6 feet so what trees would i plant inside the fence and how near each other should they be. I though maybe conifer/evergreen as i want it all year and do not want leaves around front garden in winter. Would need to be either high when bought or fast growing as want them to cover the area over the fence where i would need planning for.

Also what would be suitable to grow in pots as there is a space between house and lawn that is cement?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you should plant shrubs and not trees,
There is a very big choice and you can have evergreen or deciduous. Privet (Ligustrum ) in many forms, Viburnum tinus, Lonicera nitida, Aucuba species,Olearia macrodonta and traversii, Taxus, Pittosporum, Ilex(Holly), Fagus (Beech), Cotoneaster salicifoliius, Crataegus.
have a look at these in your local garden centre.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bear in mind that anything fast growing (cheap) will require a LOT of maintenance. Low maintenance (slow growing) will be very expensive for plants of the size you want (40 to 70 quid a plant, maybe more). You could plant at a 45 degree angle, and the shoots will grow up from the stem, like a cordon fruit tree, or traditional "laid" hedge. On a smaller budget, I'd use Ligustrum (Privet) like Michael suggests, and put up with lots of cutting, though if you leave it shaggy in spring, you'll get lovely white flowers. On a larger budget, I'd go for "Silver King" holly (Ilex aquifolium), planted on the angle to the height of the fence. Variegated foliage, plus berries through the winter. This'd take a couple of years to establish really well though.
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