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Immediate help required - need neigh our shuelding trees tomorrow

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Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 13-Jun-13 20:54:06

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ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 13-Jun-13 21:15:27

What growing conditions have you got? In the sun? In the ground or in pots? Is the boundary a wall, a fence or a hedge?

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 13-Jun-13 21:29:41

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Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 13-Jun-13 21:31:53

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ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 13-Jun-13 21:41:31

What's the rest of your garden like? How quickly do you want the tree/shrub to reach 8"?

Amelanchier is lovely but may eventually get too big.

Cornus kousa is also very pretty.

Viburnum tinus may be a more manageable size.

Fatsia japonica is a lovely architectural plant.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 13-Jun-13 21:42:38

Cross-posts. I am in London but have not recently erected a hideous structure in my garden!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 13-Jun-13 21:57:44

Is it an option to attach trellis to the fence and grow climbers up it? Roses, honeysuckle and clematis will quickly reach the top.

Another thing that is often suggested, when you want to block out an eyesore, is not to try to hide it completely, but to break up the silhouette, as that will distract the eye. Tall, thin trees or shrubs (such as non-invasive bamboo or silver birch) might then be an option.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 13-Jun-13 22:00:39

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ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 13-Jun-13 22:04:02

I was also going to suggest fruit trees, but they fail the evergreen test too.

I've got several viburnums and wouldn't describe them as smelly.

madcows Fri 14-Jun-13 10:04:59

We have both laurel and pittosporum (including a lovely variegated one) to block ugly things. Don't know how slow/fast growing the Pittosporum is - but ours has grown huge (so huge in fact that we had to chop the top off it...) but our garden was ignored for about 10 years before we moved in.

We also have some vibernums... smell not a problem!

BlogOnTheTyne Sat 15-Jun-13 19:15:48

I got some lovely evergreens - photinia red robin and ligustrum japonica from a company that sells mature trees and screening trees. The former are a shiny green leaf but the leaves go red where new growth starts and look lovely most of the year round. Right now they're also in blossom - clusters of pinky white. The ligustrum is really just privet on a long trunk and you can get either the japonica - ie glossy dark green leaves or the variegated sort that are edged with creamy yellow on each leaf. Both also flower and attract bees etc.

These have successfully screened out a trampoline and nuisance neighbours climbing up high in their own garden - and must be about 8 to 10 ft tall now. They're compact, rather then spreading and you can prune them to get them even more compact. They're very hardy and difficult to kill off!

It was a v expensive option but defintiely worth it. The tree company I used was Majestic Trees and they even delivered and planted them and were v helpful but there are many other companies I think that do the same.

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