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My neighbour has built a huge monstrosity of a building attached to his garage at the bottom of garden. I have only a four foot gap between my fence and greenhouse to plant in. I need to grow quickly and to be evergreen and tall, to get to around 15 ft min. I have thought of pyracantha on trellis. It needs to be low maintenance due to space restrictions. Any ideas please. I have grown a conifer in the corner but growing very slowly at the moment. HELP!


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,863

    Have you seen the topic below this one about privet? is a site you can look at. Pyracantha is horribly spiny but would be good if you didn't mind that. What about Eleagnus or Photinia Red Robin? I have Eleagnus Gilt Edge which has gold around the leaves - good for bouquets at Christmas! It's grown pretty big, so has my Photinia.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    I'd be wary of trying to blot out the monstrosity entirely. The only things that would do that would create their own problems. If there's something attractive in front of it your eye will be drawn to that. If you have a fence at the bottom I would go for small trees to screen the upper levels. That way you'd still be able to get along the back of the greenhouse. A lot of the crabs, cherries, sorbus, laburnums would do the job. 

    As Busy-Lizzie says pyracantha is horribly spiny, it wouldn't be long before it spread forward to the greenhouse then you'd have a painful fight with it. 


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • "evergreen and tall, to get to around 15 ft min"

    You are talking conifers then as 15ft would be a mature (10-15 year at least) climbing plant. Have a look at Cypress - these make good screens, grow thinly and can be cut back. they also grow tall quite quickly.

  • I have the same problem by the side of the house ,some one has built a extension that looks like a toilet block and I have to look at it.I am hoping to get him to  grow a clematis Montana up it ,one its quick and looks good and you can clip it into shape and I will have something nicer to look at but I suspect I will have to put some trellis up and do it my my self.image

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Bamboos make very good screening plants. You simply need to get a variety that exactly suits your requirements. You need to make sure you get one that is erect (that does not flop with rain or snow on the leaves), and does not have invasive spreading roots. Most bamboos are fast growing, and many are evergreen.

    One that may be quite suitable for you is Semiarundinaria fastuosa. They are not cheap, but you can buy them already at 8 feet, and they will get to 15 feet within a couple of years, and taller.

    That's not my garden, although I do have several of these plants.

    There are hundreds of species of bamboo, and there may be other, even better, species. A specialist bamboo nursery could give you some good advice.

  • Thanks for your replies. I shall investigate these. This man is a real nasty person. None of his neighbours talk to him , some or forty years! The area he has covered is 40ft by 40 ft square and around 7 to 7.5 feet high. He has used all odds and odds as he doesn't care what we all have to look at. We have reported him to the council as he installed a wood burner in his garage and this puts constant smoke out so no one can spend ime in their gardens. He says he is not running a cr repair business by we think otherwise. THe council write to him but basically they are not much help. We have only spoken to him once in 30 years and that was because he flooded our garden with filthy water. We speak with all 34 neighbours in our street, but you always get one bad one it seems.
  • I think this is one for the planning authority.  If approaching the council doesn't work speak to your local councillor or even MP directly.

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

  • I agree with dovefromabove - take it as far as you can, make a nuisance of yourself, he shouldn't be allowed to get away with it- what will he do next??

  • That's what I'm concerned about. We have pets!
  • Write a chronology of the incidents of nuisance and the council's response and send it with a covering letter to your local councillor and get your neighbours to do the same. At the same time send a copy to your MP.

    Photographs might be a good idea too (whilst taking care not to invade your neighbour's privacy). 

    Good luck.

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

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