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What to plant? A tall order.

B3B3 Posts: 21,500
We have a right - angled bench/pergola effort half way up the garden. It faces directly south and that's the problem.
I wish we'd installed it facing the other way.  We never sit in it because it faces our neighbours and it feels like we are sitting on a stage.
I would like to plant some kind of light screening (it doesn't need to be evergreen and it doesn't need to be totally private).
I would prefer containers, but it could go in the ground so long as it's not invasive.
I don't really want to grow something up a large structure either.
Suggestions would be appreciated

In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,866
    I would go for Jasmine. Screen in summer, a perfumed arbour to sit in.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,500
    Do you mean the white one? I've got a huge container of it. Never thought of that!
    Thanks.
    Enjoying your thread very much @fidgetbones
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,866
    I have Jasmine running up a hawthorn tree at the side of the patio. In summer,on a warm day,  I just like to sit outside and drink in the fragrance.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,500
    We've just got to get the container down the garden now
    It's one of those containers that trees come in. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,866
    Sack truck comes in useful. I moved a 24 in wide pot from the polytunnel down four steps and the lawn to the patio this afternoon, with aid from OH.  Somewhere along the line, a pot that had Salvia patens in and some paris daisies (argyranthemum) has sprouted a load of purple crocus.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,500
    I've got a wheelbarrow, one of those trolley things from Ikea - which looked useful but I've never used or OH power . Whatever we try, I think I'll have to wait til it dries out so that it'll be lighter.  In th meantime, I'll drag it out of shelter in the hopes it will dry and lighten.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,182
    What about bamboo ? or grasses or some tall herbaceous perennials . Possible something like cornus elegantissima lots of the cornus family are nice and multi seasonal or other small tree / fruit tree 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,500
    Hi @Perki I a bit leery about bamboo in case it becomes invasive. I have tried grasses but probably the wrong ones. I fight a constant battle with cornus alba suckers.
    Could you recommend a well-behaved bamboo or is it safer to keep them in containers?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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