Help needed to plant and screen off 5 metre garage next door

Hi I posted this already but on wrong part of forum.

We have 7.5 metres between our living room folding, glass doors and this newly erected 5 metre tall garage.

What could we plant to screen and soften the look - don't mind seeing some of the garage - in fact would be difficult to hide it all?!

Can't make use of the wall. Thought of flowering cherry or Californian Lilac.

I look forward to getting some ideas. Thank you, Elaine



  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Is there a fence between you and the garage? Also which way does it face? Do you want all year cover i.e. evergreen - I was thinking of climbing hydrangea.  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117

    Can you erect a sort of trellis fence in front of the wall - then you could grow all sorts of lovely climbing plants some with flowers and berries and/or evergreen foliage to make it attractive all year round. image

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,112

    I'd go with trellis too.  6' panels held up by posts along the whol length.   You could leave it natural or stain it with something like Cuprinol and then cover with a mix of climbing plants such as roses and clematis or honeysuckle to get a full season of interest and plenty of perfume.  The choice will depend on the aspect and the soil.

    You can hang brackets for bird feeders on each post and have hours of entertainment.

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  • Thanks for replies - more welcome! 

    Our fence is already 2 metres tall and we can use this . The garage is only 50cm beyond it and rises to 16 Feet. So we feel we need height to soften the look and cover some of the sharp edges of the garage. Ideally we

    would like 3metres height - so thinking of flowering cherry.

    We have good soil, south facing aspect with lots of sun - also extremely sheltered.

  • Should have said - 5 metre tall garage is in our neighbour's garden - it is overwhelliming and we can't believe it passed planning - height was not on plans.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,560

    Maybe you should check with the planners if that height was passed as OK. Maybe they got it passed at usual height and then went ahead and altered it?

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I'd send an email to your local council planning. 5 metres seems excessively high not to have been mentioned during planning!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117

    Surely 5 metres is a two storey building?  Sounds more like a flat for the au pair (do they still have au pairs?)

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  • i was think the same.. rather high and surprised planning allowed it.. did you not get notification of it.. it you did check our the details on that first..


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,117

    This link gives pretty comprehensive details of what can and cannot be done without planning permission.  If they did apply for planning permission you should have been notified.

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