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What to plant?

A row of trees that gave us great privacy and created a boundary behind our house have been removed by the neighbouring landowner. We have about half a foot of land between our fence and the stumps (boundary line) and I would be very grateful for some advice on what best to plant in this gap-something that will grow quickly but not too aggressively! Thanks in advance.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,337

    Oh dear, what a pity. And at this time of year when everything is growing. How depressing for you. I'd put up a sturdy fence and grow climbers over it.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,164

    Six inches of land full of old tree roots is not going to grow anything of any height.  I agree with pansyface - I think a fence with climbers is the answer.  

    We have a row of trellis on top of our fences to give additional height without it being oppressive, and we grow montana and alpina clematis there - they provide good cover quite quickly. 

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

  • I'm not sure I understand this. Is the legal boundary the fence or the line of stumps? If the former you presumably have no right to plant anything beyond your fence.

  • WozwozWozwoz Posts: 6
    GRISLLINIA ! It's evergreen , it always looks fresh and perky , it comes in bright green or golden variegated and left to it's own devices it'll get to 20' but is easily hedged, it'll grow at a rate of knots but is very controllable. U can get then as bigger plants reasonably priced and they're tough as old boots . I don't envy u trying to dig out planting pits amongst the old roots of the conifers tho !!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,164

    And will Grisllinia not grow wider than the 6 inches between the fence and the neighbour's boundary???? image

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

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