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my garden was not overlooked at all, now the neighbour's at the end of my garden have chopped down their conifers and I am completely overlooked. Please see photo when the work was going on (all the conifers have now gone). What can I do to have my private garden back again? Because of the decking I cannot grow straight into the ground and need something tall I can grow in containers.image


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Build a pergola on top of the decking. You can then add some climbers to help filter the view even more. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Something tall will need huge pots, need a lot of feeding and watering, and have a tendency to topple over in the wind.

    If you want privacy for the seating area on the decking, how about constructing a pergola with two of its 'legs' at the lawn side. Clear some turf and plant climbers to grow up and over to the other side.

    For privacy closer to the house (where you're stood to take the pic) you could plant a tree in the lawn, maybe near the corner of the decking. Again clear a patch of turf around your planting hole. 

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    image hogweed.  Snap.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    I don't get why some people so dislike being overlooked.  My neighbours on three sides can see into my garden from their upstairs windows, and I can see into theirs, so what?  Unless you want to sunbathe naked, what's the issue?

  • Sunrise18Sunrise18 Posts: 2

    I'vet got used to my nice private haven and I hate being overlooked. Also all I focus on now is the big grey house and much preferred it when I couldn't see it! I could have sun bathed naked if I wanted too but now not an option! They said they would be growing silver birch trees but this will take ages. I may add some bamboo screening to the top of the fence temporarily until I can grow something big enough to disguise my view. I'm having my decking curved from the fence to the other corner so growing a tree or two in the lawn is a good idea. 

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