I have been baffling my head around some form of screening to be added above our front stone garden wall.
On both sides of the wall are flower beds which were established by my late grandfather.
I am looking for the best way to create a screen / some privacy without damaging the beds. I thought about some form of hedging (I like the purple beech) but fear that I would lose / damage the flower beds and perhaps lose the conditions in which the plants enjoy at the moment (which are south east facing inside the garden).
We have clay/silty type of soil, slightly acidic and reasonably well drained. We get very little frost being so close to the sea but we do suffer with a fair amount of wind due to some exposure.
Am I right in thinking the safest option I have to minimise flower bed trauma is to perhaps erect a fence (which gaps to reduce wind disruption) on top of the wall which is approximately 4ft tall at present, and perhaps feed some climbers? We have some privacy in summer with an established lilac tree, forsythia and rose but this is in one corner and of course at this time of year the world can see right in (we live in a bungalow). Not only that the rest of the front is completely exposed.