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Trees/ plants best for privacy

I would like more privacy from the houses behind. I was thinking of either a potted tree or making a border. What would you do? My garden is East facing, any advice on suitable plants: trees would be great! 



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  • borgadrborgadr Posts: 704
    Looking at that I would say you only need something 10-12 feet tall, with a spread of a couple of metres, to block the view from those windows.  You can pretty much take your pick of trees for that - whatever takes your fancy.  I wouldn't overdo it (for example a leylandii will grow fast and quickly huge, blocking your morning sun from the east, so probably an overkill).  I would suggest it doesn't need to be evergreen either - a deciduous tree will still partly screen you in winter and in any case you're less likely to be outside then.

    If you're wanting it to grow that tall, I would definitely plant in the ground rather than a pot.  Couldn't be easier, just dig a hole and plonk it in.  This is a good time of year to do it.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    We have planted a multistemmed Amelanchier in a similar east facing spot. In this picture it had been planted about 6 years … it was about 6ft tall when we bought it … it cost about £90. 

    The picture below was a couple of years earlier. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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