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Claire204Claire204 Posts: 173
I would like to grow an evergreen shrub at the back of this border to screen the neighbours garden, I tried viburnum tinus but it got so badly eaten. Any recommendation pls?


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275
    Claire, was there supposed to be a picture of your border?
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  • Claire204Claire204 Posts: 173
    Whoops forgot that bit - my neighbors garden is all the back planting but none is evergreen so looks extremely bare in winter.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275
    Its a lovely full border Claire. I can see a space above the Chrysanthemums and slighty to their left. Is this where you were thinking of an evergreen. Depending on your soil type (acid/neutral/alkaline) you could grow a Camellia if your soil is acidic but as you mention Viburnum, that tends to like a more alkaline soil. Choisya ternata would be a good choice - not too fussy about soil type and the scent of the flowers is knockout. Sarcococca is another lovely scented shrub and the bonus there is it flowers in the Winter.
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  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,698
    edited July 2018
    Myrtle is another evergreen tree with sweetly scented flowers. What you need to check is the ultimate height and spread of any shrub/tree you plant as it will eventually smother most of the border, unless that is your ultimate aim.
  • Claire204Claire204 Posts: 173
    I am pretty sure my soil is alkaline
    and yes that's the spot I took the virburnum out of, hoping to give a screen but still want to plant in front of it. I will look at the plants you have listed above. Thank you. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Another option, Portuguese Laurel, Prunus Lusitanica makes a good hedge/screen. 
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