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Can someone advise what I should plant along a chain link fence to provide some privacy to a garden. The house next door has now been renovated so we will be having neighbours move in so wanted to create a barrier bewteen our gardens.

I was thinking of quick rowing conifers but would like any other suggestions (nothing too expensive!). It's approx 25-30m stretch & I would like the plants to grow to about 5-6ft.

The soil is very good where we live if that helps!


You mention Conifers, so will suggest Leylandi. I know the first thing you may think is how big they get and many a neighbour dispuets have arose about them, but they are fast growing, so will cover well in a fair time.

The seccret is to let them grow to the height you want then cut the top and keep them at that height. This also encourages them to spread in width.

Another option is Russian vine  (Fallopia). It is fast growing so will cover the fence quickly. Just keep in mind to keep it in check as it is also known as The Mile A Miniute Plant!

These are what I would consider.

Hi! I work as a local authority arboriculturalist (tree officer) and from almost 25 years experience I'd recommend you stay away from conifers! What you gain in the short term - a quick dense screen- you may come to regret for years to come. Conifers - as previous poster has said- need to be kept on top of. They will shade you (or your neighbour depending on the aspect) and if left unchecked can look awful when you try to bring them under control. If you only want something to reach to 6ft bear in mind you are trying to keep conifers that can achive considerably larger heights into a confined height- so it may be wiser to invest a little more time and take the opportunity to plant a mix of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and climbers that will be an asset and delight to your garden than just providing a green wall. Also bear in mind that if your conifer hedge shades your neighbour they may approach your local council and if judged a problem evergreen hedge under the High Hedges Regs then you could be required under the law to prevent your hedge growing above a set height. I'd suggest having fun designing a mixed boundary, preparing the ground well and keeping on top of watering during establishment to give plants a good start - once they start thriving I bet you'll have forgotten you ever thought of conifers! If you really want a single species hedge why not try beech or hornbeam as traditional native hedging? Buy small bare root whips and plant before the end of march to keep the cost down.

Hi, I agree with Churchill all he said is right and true and also you don`t know where the roots will go they make all the ground dry and under your house? or under your neighbour? keep well away from those conifers!!


Look to the classifieds at the back of GW magazine. There are native hedging mixes working out to less than £2 per plant.

Beech is good - buy the tallest you can afford.

Consider an evergreen like Photinia Red Robin - quick n easy.

As the expert said, all saplings need regular water to establish. Secure to your fence to avoid wind-rock. Consider putting in tubing beween trees to delive water down to root level and plant in square holes


Why not go for wildlife friendly and pick something like hawthorn?


if yew really want evergreen I'd go for yews. much more class than leylandi, easier to shape slower growing and birds like it.

Whatever you do DO NOT plant any Russian Vine. It's extremely invasive and you will have trouble getting rid of it.


I would not respect the opinion of anybody that recommended Russian Vine.  Ditto Leylanndii.  Apart from the most obvious disadvantages, they are depressing, especially if they are near the house.

How far from my fence do I need to plant my conifers or Leylandi? my garden over looks a car park which I want some privacy from. Also what distance should place between the trees? 

Though it is not evergreen, Rosa rugosa is quick growing and can reach 5-6 ft. . It would have to be an informal type of hedge but will have the bonus of scented flowers. If you consider that an evergreen is essential you could try Prunus lusitanica, Potuguese laurel. It is quite fast for a broad leaved evergreen but nowhere near as vigorous as a conifer hedge and looks classy when cut in formal fashion.


Hello Harj Samra and welcome

Are you really really sure you want Leylandii?  They grow huge, need a lot of regular cutting back, and if you cut the sides back too far you are left with brown branches which never ever turn green again.  Also they suck all the moisture and nutrients out of the soil so that nothing will grow near them, not even a lawn.

Have a look at beech hedging, holly and laurel and have a re-think please - they're all much less trouble than Leylandii

I'm sure others here will give you  some other hedging suggestions


Hi I am trying to find some sort of fast growing plant/tree for privacy on my back wall, it is 5ft at the moment & kids on the green at the other side are constantly kicking footballs over then looking over & climbing in to get them. Help is needed this is very stressfull. Bricks are too expensive as the wall is 93ft from front to back! I was thinking conifers but the above posts are putting me off. I need at least 10ft to stop the footballs? any suggestions please? Many thanks Sue

The problem you have if you want a plant that is fast growing, evergreen and that will reach 10 ft in height is that you are looking at conifers [unless you live in a very mild area like cornwall or south devon]. If you are willing to be patient some broadleaved evergreens will reach 10 ft, Holly, Portuguese and Cherry laurels. Some deciduous plants would be quicker, Beech and Hornbeam for instance, they retain their dead leaves over winter which helps with privacy.



Pyracantha will stop them coming over after their footballs. 


the only things that are good about leylandii is the dried logs burn well and the chipped up remains make great mulch!

if you want quick cover I would recommend trellis on the top of the fence/wall and climbers (but for gods sake not Russian vine!! why anybody would recommend that thug is beyond me, its like recommending ground elder as a ground cover plant!) there are numerous types of clematis and honeysuckles, you could also grow jasmine for its nightscent .

Katherine W

I'd consider Budlejas... they are quick growing but very versatile, you can always cut them hard back. There are several colours of flowers and many are nicely scented.

You can very easily grow them from cuttings stuck right in the ground where they are to grow, so if some friends of yours have budlejas in their garden you can have the hedge for free (but you have to prepare the ground a little, of course). I have white, purplish pink and dark violet ones, and I can't decide which I like more!


sorry Fonzie, having just read the thread from the top, I too was about to say NEVER  plant Russian Vine, but many others have beaten me to it.

Previous owners of this house planted it to grow through a Thuya hedge ( why would any sane person do that???? ) and I've been fighting with it since we moved in.


If you want a deterent against people climbing over or pushing through try Sea buckthorn and the birds love the berries.