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GroszekGroszek Posts: 3
Hello All I'd much appreciate some recommendations of screening plants for underneath a huge cedar so dry shade, preferably fast growing evergreens (eventually 3 m +). We currently have bamboos there that are not dense enough and first of all drying out. Not far from the cedar there is Laburnum tree and some evergreens: choisya, euonymus etc so I guess the soil is not that bad. Many thanks in advance! Ania


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Nothing much will be happy in that position.  The beauty of a cedar is in seeing the whole tree, perhaps you could give us a clue why you want screening shrubs.

  • GroszekGroszek Posts: 3
    The cedar is right before the neighbours fence, I just want to block the neighbours house. Thanks
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,910

    If you grow 3mtr high conifers you will have a big fight on your hands with your neighbours. Certainly would if i was your neighbour.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GroszekGroszek Posts: 3

    That's not the case. I'm sure the neighbours would be pleased as our houses overlook each other and besides there are mature trees all along the fence on both sides apart from underneath the cedar (whose lowest branches start at around 5m) where they're most needed. Anyway I was thinking about some big shrubs rather than trees. 

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 395

    Laurus Nobilis? (bay) 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,718

    I don't think much would grow under a big cedar. It would rob the soil of too much moisture and it has a lot of shallow roots.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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