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Help! Shady dry corner under willow

Hi, Any advise what to plant for evergreen screening up a trellis fence panel, and climb into a willow tree? so when its bare we have screening from upstairs neighbours windows? tall ask Im sure. I want something i can just leave. I have a compact wisteria but it won't like the shade in summer i guess, thank you
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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,452
    Ivy?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,219
    Can you provide more info?
    What else is around - fence, wall? A section of trellis isn't very big, so that will also determine what will thrive. Willows soak up all the available moisture usually, so is it dry shade?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TSMTSM Posts: 37
    Hi, Dry Shade and late sun through the back of a 6ft x 5ft fence panel (trellis panel) but it has another 2 panels attached as a full fence between us and neighbour. Those panels are in the sun all afternoon. il try to load photo - new to the site so thank you very much 
  • TSMTSM Posts: 37
    Hi Loxley, Not a fan of ivy and neighbour would also receive it and hates it...it would be the obvious choice but....I was thinking maybe a tall shrub maybe fats type thing but i don't really like them and its a bit bushy as a path runs right round the fencing and the bed is narrow. 1ft wide
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,219
    A shrub might be better, but it's a question of picking something suitable for the site. Dry ground is more difficult, but if it's improved a bit first, and the plant's kept well watered until established, it should be possible to find something. Escallonia, for example would be fine  :)

    For photos - click on the little icon that looks like hills. If you keep the pic around 1MB or smaller, it loads more easily  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TSMTSM Posts: 37
    Shady dry corner ? 
  • TSMTSM Posts: 37
    Fairygirl said:
    Can you provide more info?
    What else is around - fence, wall? A section of trellis isn't very big, so that will also determine what will thrive. Willows soak up all the available moisture usually, so is it dry shade?
    Hi I added a photo, you will see the willow- the bed below left of that is what I want to fill but I want privacy from house behind Willow when it’s dormant :) 
  • FlyfiferFlyfifer Posts: 167
    t.scottmelville I hope you don't mind, I've rotated your photo.  It May help getting some ideas. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,219
    The border looks a lot bigger than a foot if the trellis is 6x5 feet, so that helps.
    I'd plant some of the early clematis there. The alpinas and macropetalas etc like drier conditions than the larger flowered ones, and don't mind any aspect. Two would fill that space quite easily. They don't need much attention, and no pruning except if they stray too far. 
    While they aren't evergreen, they come into flower and have foliage from early in the year, and hold it well into autumn. They have a good framework of stems and branches too, so it would certainly create a more dense screen. 
    Alternatively, the aforementioned Escallonia would do the job. Even some of the bog standard Euonymous fortuneiis would grow up that, and would need virtually no attention. Silver Queen is good for that purpose.  :)
    Some Ceanothus would possibly be fine too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TSMTSM Posts: 37
    Thank you so much, its a corner with a path but yes the actual corner is probably 2 ft tearing to 1 ft. I wonder about Eonymus too, i may plant that with clematis as well whilst it grows up. I bought an escallonia yesterday funny enough, its says plant in sun or light shade? thank you so much for all the help, much appreciated. I am learning fast! :)
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