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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 12:49 pm    Post subject: Privacy planting ideas Reply with quote

Hi,

We moved in to a new build with a south facing garden. Currently, we are looking for some ideas on introducing some nice shrubs/trees on either side, more so on the left side as there are houses overlooking into our garden/property etc. I already planted some bamboo at the end of the garden so i was looking for suggestions for the sides.

Trellis is out as the dividing fences are ok but not overly strong so don't want to put up a trellis on them. We also want to respect our neighbours "light" so don't want a huge bushy plant that will block their light in the evenings or mornings etc.

Also an evergreen variety is ideal, maybe some sort of flowering tree also.

I know this may be a bit vague but initially looking for suggestions, i hope th ephoto gives an idea of this challenge - which we look forward to Smile

many thanks
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photina Red Robin's quite airy and easy to trim.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Privacy planting ideas Reply with quote

conoros wrote:
Trellis is out as the dividing fences are ok but not overly strong so don't want to put up a trellis on them.


Hello Conor and welcome. I had the same fence on a house I had a few years ago and have to disagree on the strength of the fence. About the time that I joined this forum I initiated my gardening interest by making up 12' long boxes from cedar planks (still have them) by 1' wide and filled them with small stone chippings and soil and then planted veg. in them. I made 6 of them and fixed them with 8" coach bolts through the concrete posts. Never had an issue with them. Very sturdy. I had 2 runs of boxes 3 high.

Japanese maples might be worth looking in to.

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks a lot guys, red robbin is somewhat generic/boring but yes i see your point with the gaps in it. Maples lose their leaves?
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoheria Sexstylosa Stardust. Evergreen, airy, easy to trim.
Covered in white flowers in the summer.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one point, Conor, because the sun wasn't out when you took your photo, we don't know which way is south for the sun. This may have a bearing on what you plant, but, for the future, and not knowing what sort of neighbours you may end up with, you may like to consider what effect your eventually mature root stock could have on next door. New estates are prone to squabbles, as no-one has been there long and no sense of seniority exists.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fence face we are looking at points east.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know where you are but Hoherias might not be best as they are a New Zealand plant might not be hardy and could be hard to source.
Why not look at a pleached hedge, Hornbeam, beech or Apple.
If you want something instant increase the height of the fence and grow Russian Vine (Mile a minute vine) you can sit in the kitchen and watch it grow.........
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that not listed as a highly invasive species and should be avoided at all costs?
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which?
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The Russian Vine of course, it is hardly any of the Hornbeam, Beech or Apple.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conor OS, you can get Hoheria from Future Forests in West Cork and Alleys in Dundrum could get it for you. Fairly fast growing but then it stops, Smile wonderful white flowers all over and the foliage is not dense. I have one in my garden, which came through the bad winter of 2010, albeit with some damage but I trimmed that off.

And Russian Vine, don't get near a mile of it. People who recommend it should be shot. Smile Smile

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If you want something instant increase the height of the fence and grow Russian Vine (Mile a minute vine) you can sit in the kitchen and watch it grow......... I though you would have picked up on the cynicism.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, will look into it, more suggestions welcome
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it's not evergreen but I find the corkscrew willow, Salix Babylonica tortuosa, is a brilliant screening plant. It grows very fast (but ultimately not too tall) and has a narrow habit that doesn't take up too much room. In the winter the dense tangle of small twigs are still a reasonable screen.
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