Plants/shrubs for privacy! Blank canvas help

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 4,428
    That's the problem with links like that l admit ! One person's fast and tall is someone else's slow and short. Still, hopefully it will give some ideas, equally which plants to ignore.
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 719
    It looks quite well contained to me that garden, and a few shrubs and trees should provide privacy in the long run.  An instant hit is harder.

    Placing a 6ft tree in that far corner would provide a lot of privacy.  I wouldn't be put off at the prospect of a deciduous tree.  Something like Whitebeam.  Or anything ornamental, it's a good spot that, and a tree will also provide privacy from other housing.  I put in 40cm high trees into a hedge a couple of years back and they are now about 9ft!  You might be able to buy in big.  So it's more a case of trying to work out what you'd like there.
  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 744
    “children can lean over and might as well be in our garden! I need my children to have the privacy they deserve in their own garden without being shouted at (they are under 5). ”

    This is a problem to discuss with your neighbours, a bit of foliage isn’t going to solve your issue.  And I doubt neighbouring children are going to stop socialising with yours, for better or worse.

    A structure or garden building of some sort high enough to block them out might put them off, but would dominate your garden.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,465
    A pergola or two with climbers would provide private spaces quite quickly. 
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  • fizzwhizzfizzwhizz Posts: 81
    if you do go for a climber, trachelospermum jasminoides is pretty much evergreen in my garden and turns a lovely red in colder months for some reason - lovely scented flowers in summer so not boring. It's vines are quite tough too so would survive a football attack i think - i have had it in a pot in shadier of garden and it was ok but depends on how shaded your garden is. Short term whilst you grow taller things on, you could make a sweetpea / runner bean teepee for the kids to hide in and would be fun for them - frugal and not a permanent commitment :-) an obelisk is a way to add height to the garden with relatively small square footage and without attaching trellis to the fence - you can get quite tall ones and reinforce with extra screws against footballs. Also if it didn't encroach too much, you could build a raised bed in the corner to instantly add a couple feet of height to whatever you plant plus then you don't have to worry about soil quality - sleepers look good and wide enough to sit on so you save space elsewhere on seating - sorry not many plant ideas, am a beginner myself but from experience i understand the privacy thing regardless of how lovely the neighbours are and empathise so thought id throw my ideas in! good luck :-)
  • DaddyADaddyA Posts: 24

    I had a look at that link, nice shrubs, but most would be too short or too bushy. Pyracantha would do the job but it has vicious thorns. Laurel grows enormous if not kept firmly in control. You can prune off the lower branches off laurel so that it's like a bushy tree, but the neighbours may not like the bushiness growing over the fence and their garden.

    Pleached hornbeams would work well, I had thought about them, but it will take a little time or be expensive so I thought you wouldn't want them, also they are trees. But they can look great. 

    Thank you for your reply and clarifying some of the recommended ones. This massively helps a newbie like me. There's a lot to consider really. 
    I'm wondering if I could prune a laurel from the growing branches so that I can control what goes over to the neighbour's side by climbing up a ladder. 
  • DaddyADaddyA Posts: 24
    Wayside said:
    It looks quite well contained to me that garden, and a few shrubs and trees should provide privacy in the long run.  An instant hit is harder.

    Placing a 6ft tree in that far corner would provide a lot of privacy.  I wouldn't be put off at the prospect of a deciduous tree.  Something like Whitebeam.  Or anything ornamental, it's a good spot that, and a tree will also provide privacy from other housing.  I put in 40cm high trees into a hedge a couple of years back and they are now about 9ft!  You might be able to buy in big.  So it's more a case of trying to work out what you'd like there.
    Thank you for your reply.
    That corner of the garden is the corner that gets the first sun from the start of the day till afternoon. I'm worried a tree will get rid of all that valuable sun. In the summer the garden feels like winter for many hours of the day until the sun moves more towards the house side of the garden, whereas the front garden feels like a sauna. Except for the very back right corner hence I was looking for something that grows upwards. 
    However your suggestion is not a wasted one as there is a patch behind the fence where the tree could be planted. I am looking for something that would give privacy all year round from the neighbours on the next road. In between us there are garages at the back of their gardens and then a walkway behind our houses so they have access to their storage spaces (but they also have access from their gardens). The space is quite wide though, some could fit two or three cars side by side easily. I am towards the dead end side of that access so we have the space to plant a tree there. It belongs to us so it's okay. 
  • DaddyADaddyA Posts: 24
    edited 16 April
    Tin pot said:
    “children can lean over and might as well be in our garden! I need my children to have the privacy they deserve in their own garden without being shouted at (they are under 5). ”

    This is a problem to discuss with your neighbours, a bit of foliage isn’t going to solve your issue.  And I doubt neighbouring children are going to stop socialising with yours, for better or worse.

    A structure or garden building of some sort high enough to block them out might put them off, but would dominate your garden.
  • DaddyADaddyA Posts: 24
    fizzwhizz said:
    if you do go for a climber, trachelospermum jasminoides is pretty much evergreen in my garden and turns a lovely red in colder months for some reason - lovely scented flowers in summer so not boring. It's vines are quite tough too so would survive a football attack i think - i have had it in a pot in shadier of garden and it was ok but depends on how shaded your garden is. Short term whilst you grow taller things on, you could make a sweetpea / runner bean teepee for the kids to hide in and would be fun for them - frugal and not a permanent commitment :-) an obelisk is a way to add height to the garden with relatively small square footage and without attaching trellis to the fence - you can get quite tall ones and reinforce with extra screws against footballs. Also if it didn't encroach too much, you could build a raised bed in the corner to instantly add a couple feet of height to whatever you plant plus then you don't have to worry about soil quality - sleepers look good and wide enough to sit on so you save space elsewhere on seating - sorry not many plant ideas, am a beginner myself but from experience i understand the privacy thing regardless of how lovely the neighbours are and empathise so thought id throw my ideas in! good luck :-)
    Thank you so much for your reply. You seem to understand the reality of life. After reading other threads on privacy, I was surprised I hadn't had a negative post yet or someone who doesn't get it, but I spoke too soon for myself lol. I'm not the only one who has a problem, I've seen countless people just take it. They've had broken windows from the children throwing what seems like innocent objects. I have small children so I'd rather just use nature to my advantage. I'll definitely use your ideas as it's something we are all into. 
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