How close to a neighbour's house can you dig & plant?
So... finally ready to get started on our new garden, but I need some help (as ever!).
The plan is to get rid of the pebbles and turn most of this shady corner into a shade garden (it never sees any sunlight, as far as I can work out). I've got plans for a sort of ferns and foliage planting theme. We've got a shed elsewhere, so didn't particularly want to go down the route of having solid structures on this patch, so I thought that planting this up would soften an otherwise unloved and unused part of the garden.
But, as you can see the neighbours' house forms part of the boundary (the houses round here are staggered). I've never had this before, so not sure of the legalities, and also common polite etiquette of dealing with this. We like our neighbours (and we're very new to the neighbourhood!), so don't want to do anything that would cause problems in the future.
My questions are:
- How close can I dig and plant next to their house without it causing problems like damp etc? I know not to obstruct a damp proof course, but wasn't sure if I need to leave a proper gap between planting and their wall.
- If I were to build any form of structure in this section to give height (was considering something like a post and wire trellis a little way out from the wall), how far away should I ideally be keeping any structure like that? Still undecided about the effort of this, anyway, though.
- Are there any legal ramifications I should know about?