What to plant here
I'm trying to sort out what was once a very beautiful garden.
...Please can anyone suggest what to plant here to cover the tree carnage and bare trunk. Sorry for the ugly photos. Basically this beautiful pine's lower foliage was all cut off about two years ago. It hasn't come back. I told the person (my dad!) who did it that evergreens should not be pruned in this drastic way. The one next to it was also cut down as you can see. Now it's just unsightly. He regrets it too, and wishes he hadn't done it. Previously there was a gorgeous green backdrop to the garden, and the mess behind couldn't be seen. I don't think the branches will grow back.
The ground below is obviously very dry:
Can we plant another pine? Or another wiegala (there is one on the other side)...or something else? If getting another pine, what variety and how far away does it need to be? Can anyone suggest any other big shrubs?
Any suggestions much appreciated...