Suggestions for light screening against a lovely Cotswold Stone wall?
west central Scotland
Louise - if you imagine the wall with plants growing 3, 4 or 5 feet above the height of it, that's the effect Obelixx means. As she says - if you just plant shrubs and trees, you'll hide the wall, and you'll also have a bit of a time to wait until they get to a decent height to provide a screen higher up. Trees, in particular, won't provide a uniform screen, unless planted closely.
The wall is then mostly visible, and you will have screening from climbers which you would train along the wires horizontally. If you choose well, you can have screening all yeaar round, as some clematis, for instance, would still retain a framework of stems and branches. The wires would be virtually invisible all the time. The added bonus of a succession of flowers would be very attractive.
Any climber would need planting a couple of feet away from the wall initially, as it would be very dry close to it, and the soil will need a bit of help to improve it and provide nutrients.
That would apply to anything you plant - especially anywhere near that sycamore.
It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....
It does sound as off the shrubs and trees option might not work - I'll investigate the wire and post option I think. I love Clematis and roses too so good options- though maybe a little labour intensive? What else would work on wires that's evergreen?
Vendée, Western France
edited December 2018
Have you thought of a plan B? You could erect a normal 6' high trellis screen or a slightly taller pergola between the kitchen and the wall and grow climbers up that. You could then have an outdoor seating area between the kitchen and the trellis which allows you to use the space in privacy but still enjoy having the wall and not have to worry about the competition from the sycamore or losing the grass and what looks like a naturaliesed patch of spring bulbs.
If you go with the afore-mentioned builders' mesh panels the screen will be largely invisible to you and indestructible, unlike wooden trellis panels. Cover it with a repeat flowering rambling rose, a clematis, sweet peas or whatever takes your fancy.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
edited December 2018
It's not so much the trees and shrubs options might not work, it's also about what type of height you need for privacy. You mention the playing field. What about shrubs that grow to around 5 feet eventually?
Nadina Domestica only gets to 5ft eventually, has a very naturalistic habit and easily thinned as it grows. They also have a tendency to be a bit leggy near the lower part of the shrub, which will allow you to still see the wall. Very small creamy white flowers and if warm, plenty of bright red berries in winter. The leaves also colour deep red/purple in the colder months.
Obelixx's last idea is probably the best and can be adapted to many other climbing or wall shrubs. Honeysuckle (if you work the soil with plenty of manure and compost) and even Jasminum Officinale can be used if you are not too far north.