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The side of our rear garden meets the back of someone else's garden. We'd like to try and improve the privacy as our garden is much higher and so looks straight into the neighbour's garden and their ground floor bedroom!

We will be replacing the fence panels but not the posts and so we're unlikley to be able to add a trellis layer and get it to look right, so we are looking for alternatives.

I had wondered about planting some tall, thin, decorative trees only I don't know what these might be so would be grateful for suggestions, or any alternative ideas. Thank you!

Last edited: 09 February 2018 09:54:12

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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 3,337

    can we have some pictures to get a better idea.

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  • It's not the best picture but it gives you an idea!

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    There will be a small dog kennel going at the end of the garage and the laurel that you can just about see has now gone and will be a shed, so it is the gap in between these two which we want to add privacy to but hopefully in an attractive way!

    Last edited: 09 February 2018 10:47:19

  • BeefleyBeefley SE DartmoorPosts: 34

    How about Silver Birch?  They're not too overpowering for you or your neighbour, and whilst not evergreen they are very "twiggy" in winter.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,975

    But Silver birch grow to about 80 feet! I would go for a small growing deciduous tree. Even in the winter the bare branches will break up the line of sight. Perhaps an Amelanchier or one of the decorative rowans. How about a small fruit tree - apple or cherry - function and form. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • BeefleyBeefley SE DartmoorPosts: 34

    Except the dwarf varieties ☺

  • How about Rowan good for feeding the birds as well image

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,717

    Do you know the type of soil you have there? The fence looks quite low, so shrub/trees with a low canopy would be best. If it's quite a sheltered sunny spot, you could check out the Chinomanthus Praecox, wintersweet shrubs. They don't get taller than 3.5 meters but for much of the year, the leaves give dense cover and then in the winter time the mass of branches are ladened with lemon yellow flowers in winter time.

    Last edited: 09 February 2018 19:14:19

  • Beefley says:

    How about Silver Birch?  They're not too overpowering for you or your neighbour, and whilst not evergreen they are very "twiggy" in winter.

    See original post

    Silver birch are also supposed to clean the air of pollution. Double win!

    https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/trees-are-awesome-study-shows-tree-leaves-can-capture-50-particulate-matter-pollution.html

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,975

    Not if it grows to 80 feet!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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