Plant / Tree with no invasive roots
Hi, we've got a front garden with 2 bay windows and we get quite a lot of footfall, so i'm looking to plant some shrubs / trees that will stop people looking in our windows when the pass by. Can anyone recommend a tree / shrub that wont grow too tall (maybe 4 / 5 foot max) that doesn't have an invasive root system.
It helps the advice giving if we know whereabouts roughly you live, which way the front garden's facing (i.e. north or south etc) and what type of soil you have if you know it.
Even in winter the bare branches break up the view.
Not many trees in stock online at the moment but have a look at some supplier such as ornamental trees or mail order trees for inspiration.
The other option is blinds!
An evergreen shrub with interesting flowers and perhaps a good perfume might tempt your wife. Do not be tempted to buy anything described as vigorous, spreading or fast-growing, you will be forever hacking it back. Avoid any plants needing acid soil or needing well drained sunny conditions. This will help you sift through which plants to choose.
Another possibility would be to put a trellis up along the fencing and grow an evergreen climber.
Variegated hollies are useful as a hedge but are slow growing