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2m High Screening Shrub Ideas

We live in a terraced house, which is an odd shape as it is a corner House in the row. 


  • We live in a terraced house, which is an odd shape as it is a corner House in the row. The boundary of our property with our neighbours when looked out of our living room window, is at an angle, therefore we have a view into our neighbours property. They are also elevated by about 5 ft which makes it more prominent. I don't like having that view of someone else's garden.

    Previously there were some 15ft high conifers which screened that view perfectly. The new neighbours have gone and cut them down (they were their trees), without discussing with us. We now have an open view to their garden. I want my privacy back.

    There is a spot where a 2m high shrub could go to block most of that view. It would be on our property, not seen by the neighbours windows but only a couple of feet away from their house wall.

    It would have to be:

    Evergreen, dense enough to screen.

    Kind to house foundations at a few feet away.

    Copes with semi shade/shade - it's north facing

    Compact, doesn't spread too much to block more view than necessary or on to his property.

    Visually attractive - flowers, berries, colour etc

    Does anyone have any recommendations? I have a cherry laurel bush which is a good fit for it, but looking for something a bit more visually appealing.

    I tried uploading a diagram but couldn't get it to work. Will try later.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,023

    Viburnum - there are evergreen ones. Flowers and berries.

    Holly (Ilex) - loads of varieties - variegated foliage and berries.

    One we have been discussing on another thread - Eleagnus - many varieties again. Various foliage colours, some with contrasting undersides to the leaves. 

    They'll all cope with shade, and can be pruned as and when necessary. 

    There are more - Mahonia for example, but those have spikey foliage so it depends on whether that's an issue or not. Lovely fragrant flowers in late autumn/winter and dark berries. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    ALso Pittosporum.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    I think Sarcococca Confusa, the Sweet Box would be my choice. Wavy glossy dark leaves and lovely subtle sweet smelling flowers in winter and dark berries. Can deal with shade very well. Not too fast or too slow in growth.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,483

    Have you considered 6 feet high trellis panels to give a form of immediate screening and then growing evergreen climbers over that?

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