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Advice on choosing an evergreen please!

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The very large Plum tree, along with some shrubs and climbers in the garden behind ours have been drastically pruned, and some removed completely.

This now means that we are able to see through the trellis atop the fence into their garden, not what we particularly want to see, either from our patio windows or when we are in the garden.

We need to plant something to blot out as much of that trellis topped fence as possible as the neighbour tells me she’s really happy with the amount of light now in her garden.

That’s understandable, she is wheelchair bound so therefore has a limited height view and won’t see into our garden.

We wondered if a Fatsia japonica would be a good choice, or a Prunus laurocerasus rotundifolia, as we need evergreen with an eventual height of around seven feet.

The area for the shrub is South facing, will get a good amount of light now that the tree and shrubs are no more!

The first two photos show our garden to the back, right side, not much fence to be seen.

Now look at the Pyracantha berries, to the left, and up above you can see where the Plum tree has been ‘pruned’ by a teenage lad with a hand saw!

Ok, we placed a black bucket with an Apple tree in to show where the new evergreen needs to go. Possibly further away from the fence now I look again.

There are some circular stepping stones in the ‘shrubbery’ as my OH will call that area, but they could be re-arranged easily enough if the new shrub grows too large.

I hope these photos make sense of our garden to you, always difficult to explain to others. The views are all from the back of our bungalow, which may give an idea of how we can see into the garden behind.

Looking forward to some planting suggestions.

Updated this blog on 2nd October 2016 to show the shrub I bought …

A Cytisus battandieri (Pineapple broom) as suggested by some GoY members. I could have bought a larger specimen for £45 but this was fine at £15 and will grow big enough to do the screening job eventually!

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Oh dear Shirley!! what a pain!! having been there etc!!
Some ideas,... none of them instant!! other than growing a fast growing climber such as Clematis ! it's a waiting game...... Ceanothus evergreen slow though! Rose (obviously not evergreen) small tree!....Escallonia, Quince, the only shrubs that are fast growing are Sambucus and Buddleja, and Cornus! you can buy large Euonymus and of course the Fatsia! good luck.

13 Sep, 2016

 

Dotty, OH seems to think we just go out and buy a large shrub/tree. He knows very little about gardening as you can tell!

I have a Ceanothus, as you say, rather slow growing, also the lovely dark Sambucus in a different border.

Euonymous is a good choice, thanks for that one. :o)

13 Sep, 2016

 

Your welcome.....

13 Sep, 2016

 

I'm no good at giving advice Shirley. I can't think of anything sorry ...
but your garden looks lovely :)
I hope you find something suitable.

An afterthought - What about Pitosporum, or Eleagnus limelight :)

13 Sep, 2016

 

Oh yes Hywel, I do like Pittosporums, and there are so many to choose from. I shall take a look at the Eleagnus, thank so much.

13 Sep, 2016

 

Buddleia is certainly quick growing, but I'd go for a Nandina (not Firepower) which is evergreen, or maybe Eleagnus Quicksilver?

13 Sep, 2016

 

How about another pyracantha but one with yellow berries?

13 Sep, 2016

 

Oh Shirley, why do people no consider what impact their drastic gardening can have on their neighbours? Hywel's idea of Pitosporums sounds like it might be worth taking a look at. I hope you get it sorted.

13 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Sheila and Stera, more to investigate :o))

Waddy, I can understand the tree being pruned, but why the shrubs and climbers were removed is odd. As my OH says, it's not our garden so there's nothing we can do!

We are fortunate that the fences on the other two sides are pretty much covered, shrubs in both ours and the neighbours gardens are nice and tall, privacy all round. Mind you, they are lovely folk! :o))

13 Sep, 2016

 

Hi Shirley. Like you, I like my privacy. Two of the best evergreens I have for screening are Elaeagnus × ebbingei and Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Limelight' , Limelight is the variegated form. Fast growing, easy to prune, no thorns.

13 Sep, 2016

 

Da, I do have Eleagnus x ebbingei and it used to be in a sunny part of the garden but didn't grow too well. I then moved it to an East facing border, in shade by mid afternoon and it's romped away, up to 8ft. tall now. That makes me think Eleagnus won't thrive where I need to plant. Good choices though, many thanks. :o)

13 Sep, 2016

 

You definitely need to get some evergreen there, Shirley. I would not like to look at that poor butchered tree.
You got some good advice here.
My personal favourite would be something flowering such as Camellia . If you do not have acidic soil then some can be grown in containers. Apparently, camellias do not like full sun but mine is in full sun and doing well.
Although, it is in its spot for probably 40+ years and we prune it every 3 years. It would look awesome in that space
Your garden looks lovely.

14 Sep, 2016

 

Fatsia japonica would grow (slowish) and fill the gap but judging by mine will grow much bigger than the space you want to fill.
However, I think you will be pleasantly surprised next spring how quickly the tree next door will recover and have new growth to cover the unsightly mess.
I thought of an ornamental Japanese cherry Amanogawa its tall and slim, mine must be 10 ft high but just wide enough hide this and fit in without casting shade also great reward in the spring with the blossom. Because of its slim habit all the branches are upright and close together so you still get good screen up there in the winter

14 Sep, 2016

 

if its just to mask the trellis why not consider an evergreen honeysuckle or clematis that will weave through the trellis?

14 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks K, another shrub to research!

Thanks Denise, lots of good suggestions coming in.

Sbg, I planted a Clematis last year and there is a Honeysuckle so I have started to thread them through the trellis. Also discovered today that a large black dog lives there when I heard sniffling and then two massive paws hit the fence! :o(

14 Sep, 2016

 

I would think Fatsia Japonica would take some time to grow to that height and possibly become a little too bushy before it reaches that height.
Some Bamboos may do the job or photinia red robin, maybe.
Maybe an evergreen clematis such as Armandii on a trellis or other support.
Cytisus Battanderi...(pineapple broom)grows tall and is evergreen to semi evergreen you can sometimes buy them as tall whips and you can train as you like, either allow low side shoots to grow or rub them off to create a small tree shape.they are a spectacular plant(to my mind) and very easy.

14 Sep, 2016

 

I like your idea of Cytisus Battanderi, Paul.
I'll be watching this blog with curiosity what will Shirley decide on. :-)

14 Sep, 2016

 

I have passion flower growing through trellis. Might be worth considering. Tough as old boots.

14 Sep, 2016

 

Paul, I found a photo of yours from your old account and the Cytisus looks great. Also found one from Karensusans account, does a good job of screening the houses she was then surrounded by! I really like the look of this Pineapple broom and see that they can be supplied in 12 litre pots, but at anything from £45 upwards I may have to re-think on that.

Da, I have a Passion Flower on another garden fence, it has taken a hold of neighbours cherry tree, fortunately they don't mind at all, phew! I also spotted a piece growing in a raised bed, a few feet away from the actual plant. I do appreciate all the ideas that are being put forward ... :o)

14 Sep, 2016

 

Mine seed around too

14 Sep, 2016

 

They, C.Battandieri, grow fairly quickly Shirley. How did you manage to find pictures from my old PaultheGardener account? I assumed they'd all be gone when I closed the account back in 2013.

14 Sep, 2016

 

I found it too Paul:
http://www.growsonyou.com/plant/slideshow/Cytisus_battandieri/272144
and I remember Amy has it as well.

15 Sep, 2016

 

Paul, in the Google search box on the top right of the page, I typed in Cytisus battandieri and was taken to 16 photos of that plant grown by GoY members.

When I clicked on your avatar though, your account shows as 'Deleted'.

15 Sep, 2016

 

Clematis montana with a little encouragement could climb up the butchered tree too as would the parthenocissus climbers, evergreen shrubs in front

15 Sep, 2016

 

I just love my Pineapple Broom Shirley. They grow fast so don't spend too much. £20 should get you a decent sized standard. You won't regret it...beautiful! :) Much nicer than a Fatsia ;) I must admit though, I do love a Fatshedera Lizei, but they need support...but would be nice on that fence.

15 Sep, 2016

 

That's strange, Shirley and Klahanie......the account and details are deleted yet some of the photos posted on that account still remain....how strange.

15 Sep, 2016

 

You've just reminded me Paul...its time I deleted my old account. Its been three years!

15 Sep, 2016

 

Paul, the only reason why I can think off is that the info was stored at some other place than your account such as GOYpedia.

15 Sep, 2016

 

Maybe Klahanie...not sure how it works...just surprised me it was still there.
Oh, I assumed you had, Karen.mind you, you could just keep it dormant in cas you want to refer to it at any time!

15 Sep, 2016

 

There was lots of good information in your blogs Karen. Probably useful to lots of people. Just another day I was researching a plant and there came out your blog under your other handle.

16 Sep, 2016

 

I know its not deleted but the other day I was searching for a free photo for an article, I wantedIlex aquifolium ferox argentia and found it on Pansypotters blog in 2010, pm'd her and have my photo....no copyright
So old blogs and photos are hugely useful?

16 Sep, 2016

 

Pam, I'm not sure I could get away with planting anything to grow up into the Plum tree as it's not mine!

Thanks Karen, I shall start researching where to buy one, luckily there is a good, family run nursery not too far away. :o)

16 Sep, 2016

 

Thanks Klahanie. I decided to keep all the blogs that arent specific to that plot. :)

You're welcome Shirley x

17 Sep, 2016

 

Bought a Cytisus battandieri today ... off to get it planted now!

2 Oct, 2016

 

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2 Oct, 2016

 

Well done Shirley (and Paul!) - that will do the trick and look great :)

2 Oct, 2016

 

Good choice :-)

3 Oct, 2016

 

I'm so pleased this was recommended ... such valuable information always given on GoY! :o))

3 Oct, 2016

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