Screening ideas

Our garden is about 30ft deep, the garden opposite has a 14ft flag next to the fence - it even reflects on our kitchen floor. The owners will not move the flag and we want to screen it and the house. Chinese Privet or Holm Oak have both been suggested but can they be easily pruned to prevent becoming too dense and overhanging both gardens.

Any advice would be gratefully received.



  • If you put a couple of very long posts in front of the offending flag with some trellis linking them at the top, an evergreen climber and a vigorous clematis might do the job. The evergreen to act as an all year screen, and the clematis to look great in the summer. They should cover that area pretty quickly.

    I'm curious, is your neighbour a football supporter with an England flag?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,762

    Pauline I'd agree with cufcskim but I know from experience that a war with neighbours is not desirable. RF's idea is great and simple to achieve. A photo would be helpful for us if you can. How about 3 simple birches in a row or as a little group at the bottom of your garden? Or even just one if it's not wide enough. They won't cast much shade -dappled only - and will screen the offending eyesore. Amelanchier lamarckii is another shrub/tree which will do the same thing.

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past


    This seems to cover the subject pretty well. Sadly, you are not alone Pauline. Good luck in finding a solution. It must be infuriating.

  • I have an oil tank on the decking next to my conservatory, albeit green its a hideous addition to a small back garden. No real option to move it! image any ideas. Difficult as its on decking and I don't want messy screening that will only look good for the first year! Thanks

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    RedD, can you show us some photos?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,762

    Posts with trellis fixed to decking then pots/troughs/containers of whatever plants you like- climbers, shrubs, perennials or edibles. I had same problem at last house and that was what we intended doing. Our tank was slightly sunken and contained by a basic fence and I would have planted directly into ground with shrubs etc, and taken it across to the shed nearby to disguise that and link the whole thing together.image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • But what would grow in tubs that would be ok for winter too?? Will show you view from conservatory. The messy item at the side is a makeshift log store but I seriously need a neat solution. I'm an iPhone user so if someone could open link and post my picture back in pls. Stand by.....

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Pauline check out Arundo Donax.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,762

    If it's reasonably bright Phormiums do well in pots and get to a good size especially the bog standard common ones, and there are plenty of hebes which will grow happily in pots- 'Buxifolia'-as the name suggests - is like box with some pale lilac flowers in summer. I had it in a pot at front door of a previous property and it thrived on neglect. Makes a nice rounded shape with no  maintenance. There are shrubs such as rhodies, azaleas and pieris which will be happy in pots - ericaceous compost for them. Fatsias look tropical and get to a fair size- these all prefer a bit of shade. Conifers- too many to name here.  All evergreen. 

    Grasses in tall pots will work too - festucas and many carexes are evergreen. You can add other seasonal interest with bulbs in containers in front of the evergreens.


    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

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