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Good morning

My husband and I are renovating a barn and one of the dilemmas we are faced with is that we need to hide the metal outbuilding behind the courtyard's stone wall. (please see attached picture). We are thinking of planing some evergreen trees with small roots (so they don't disturb the stone wall) but we would like the foliage of the trees starting above the stone wall. We bought eight Eucalyptus trees thinking they would give enough privacy. Would anyone have any ideas/sugestions or reasons why the Eucalyptus trees will not be suitable. We would love to hear your ideas. Thank you in advance.





  • guess it depends on your situation

    i garrya eliptica too small? - very attractive evergreen with its long catkins

    I have one to conceal the end of a large shed, but that bard looks enormous

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,735


    Good morning and welcome ElenaP image

    I would go for a row of pleached hornbeam - they will mask the solidity of the metal building and compliment the traditional materials of your lovely stone barn.

    What an exciting project! 

    Good luck image


     Pleached hornbeam

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

  • NoraWNoraW Posts: 393

    Elena, you might find this article on garden screening useful:

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145

    A potentially lovely rural scene. If you're in the UK I'd avoid anything obviously alien like eucalyptus. They can be lovely trees but I'd use something more in keeping with the landscape.  

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thank you for all your lovely ideas and I do like the Pleached hornbeam look Dovefromabove image. Nutcutlet yes we are in the UK and the area is quite high up so very windy. Nora GW I will have a read later when I finish workimage

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,654

    I agree with Nutcutlet. Pleached hornbeams are lovely but you have to keep them pruned every year. What about a mixture of small trees, like fruit trees, rowans, flowering cherries, silver birch Jaquemontii? You would have to prune trees like apples though.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,654

    Isn't Griselinia a hedging shrub? Elena P doesn't want to hide the wall, so trees would probably be better, not big trees that will damage the wall.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145

    B-L's birches sound good to me, natural looking but with the extra edge of very white bark.

    Not evergreen though which Elena wanted. I wouldn't have evergreen in that situation. You can't completely block a view except with something like leylandii which is uglier than the building. You need something in the foreground to draw your eye away from the thing behind your trees

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • The white birches would look really good against the dark barn in the winter!

  • Thank you for all your lovely suggestions. I will post a picture once we finished the courtyard (might be a long wait though image

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