I'm in the process of re-designing my back garden and would really appreciate suggestions as to how I might make the garden more private. My house is a semi with a conservatory which leads out into the back garden. We like to use this room a lot in the warmer months but find it lacks privacy due to being overlooked by my adjoining neighbour and a number of surrounding houses.
There is currently a privet hedge at the boundary but it offers very little privacy as my neighbour is a keen gardener and likes to keep this hedge trimmed right back to around 4ft. Ideally I'd be looking to keep this hedge at this height as my neighbour has lived there for a long time and I don't want to fall out with her. I'm more than happy to plant or put up some sort of screen at my side of the boundary, so she can keep the hedge to her liking. Something around 5ft high would be ideal, I'd considered planting some tall bushes around the conservatory but was concerned about the roots affecting the foundations. Any ideas? Many thanks