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Evergreen Trees for Screening

Hi, I’m looking for suggestions/ideas for trees which we can place at the back of our garden to offer year round screening.

We will be adding a sleeper border at the back and are looking for evergreen trees to fill the space and help provide screening. We did have a bamboo tree which was great, but the roots starting spreading under our neighbours garden so we recently removed.

We are not the most green fingered so any suggestions would be greatly received.


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,220
    Immaculate garden.
    You need to be very careful not to plant anything that grows wide or you will have very little space left. Avoid fast growing plants as they will need constant pruning.

    My suggestion is for a slim, slow growing conifer....Thuja occidentalis Smaragd.
    My pics show them in a double row to act as a screen
    They can be trimmed without dying. 
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,808
    edited April 2020
    Hello Matt, welcome to the forum.
    Rather than trees which would cut down on the amount of space you've got in a really small garden, I would erect trellis panels all along the top of the back fence and possibly your side fences as well if finances permit. It is surprising just how much screening that will provide on its own. Then you could grow an evergreen winter flowering clematis, Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' (my favourite) and train it along the trellis. it has lovely bell shaped dangling cream flowers with red freckles on the inside and blooms on and off from say December to February, just when a garden needs some winter cheer. Early bees love it as well. When it's finished, you can just cut off the bits you don't need.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,817
    I don't think evergreens are a good idea in that space.  They will make your neighbours' gardens very dark and will suck up loads of moisture from the ground and they'll need trimming to keep to recommended heights too and that is lower than you'd need for privacy from upstairs windows anyway.

    Consider instead a structure of fence posts and trellis panels or tensioned wires along that back fence and partially along the right hand side with some cross bars or wires across the seating area.   Then you can plant interesting climbers to give you privacy but with added colour, perfume and even fruits if you go for a grapevine or a kiwi.

    You'd need to improve the soil for planting and make your posts at least 2.5 metres high but you can do that within your own garden without breaking rules about fence and hedge heights.    Add extra posts to extend and/or strengthen the structure and use wires for the overhead /green supports if your carpentry skills and available timber lengths are not up to much.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    Dislike conifers personally. I'd go with the above structure, or Pleached Hornbeams.

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