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we have a long back fence and are fairly overlooked so want some good (ideally evergreen) trees to cover. Had a Hawthorne which has randomly died and need a replacement there and 2 others. 

Am looking at liquid amber, styrax japonica, cornus kousa, or Rowan. Any of those sound any good?! very inexperienced at gardening so don't know what I'm looking at! 

We're near Warwick, soil can be quite acidic and 'clayey'


Holm Oak ,evergreen and can be trimmed.

Holly ,many types both leaf shape and colour.

Dont forget to consider the sun and shadows.

Magnolia grandiflora ,


It might be an idea to find out why the hawthorn died before you spend money on more trees.


Iwas thinking the same as Dove. If it died from honeyfungus, you have a problem, as replanting will just mean more loss of trees.

I have similar issues and intrigued by Sian's ideas for trees
I don't know them by name or sight , just know if I like them when I look at them !! And we very much need to screen from neighbours and have a typically small garden as have a modern house - garden is probably 10 metres by 11 metres and have just been told to get rid of the eucalyptus that I was so proud of

I really am inexperienced but would like to know how to achieve a nice garden from what is a very blank canvas at the moment ... We're south facing and have clay soil too


I've googled
Strawberry tree looks & sounds nice - but will it be too big ?!

I love crab apples and bamboo .... Again, Any good ??

We have a staggered bed on one edge of the garden containing 6 conifer trees which I love
There's one big one and the rest are smaller (( but growing ! ))
They haven't wrecked the grass as people warned, they look very smart and were planted by the previous occupants

Hi Gembo. Be a bit wary of bamboo as the type that 'run' can be very invasive! The clump forming ones are a bit better behaved but can still get big and take over small spaces.Lots of the crab apples and rowans are quite easy and don't get too big in tree terms, but remember they will cast some shade and 10 x 11 m isn't a big space so it's a case of picking your spot carefully. Birches are pretty and have a light canopy so don't cast too much shade. You could also try Amelanchier lamarkii which is classed as a shrub but can be grown as a small tree and has nice autumn colour. One of my favourites as a smallish tree is Pyrus salicifolious - the ornamental pear which has silvery grey foliage.

All conifers keep growing so keep an eye on them! If you keep them maintained they're fine. My friend has lots in her small front garden but they're kept neatly clipped so they don't cause problems. They take a lot of moisture and nutrients from the surrounding soil which is why many people don't like them.


Sian I have Arundo Donax ( Giant Reed Grass) to give privacy in one part of my garden. It can grow up to 8 metres in 10 yrs if you let it. In 13 years I haven't found it invasive and you can remove any unwanted new shoots that appear. It is easy to snap off any that get too big at the base, I have fun doing that.

Far easier to control than either of my bamboo.

The hollow stems/ canes are useful for all sorts, I have them as runner bean supports. Friends had some from me to use as a roof on a pergola.

It does say semi- hardy but it's lived fine in Yorkshire on clay.

Gembo I had a Eucalyptus at my previous house and I kept it small about 6 feet, so it maintained its young leaves and interesting colour I didn't have a problem with it getting huge. Only problem I had was I was overly enthusiastic one year, pruned it too much and it died. It did say you cut almost to base and it would recover



Good suggestion KEF- Miscanthus gives a similar effect and they grow well in most sites as long as they have a little moisture. 

I did the same with a eucalyptus KEF but it did come back to life!

Aaaah thanks for the info,

I enjoy looking up the ideas as I don't know what they are ... Love trees that do different things depending on the season,... A bit of shade would be a welcome treat as our garden gets full sun in the summer, it's too much ????

I'll look these up and see there are plenty of places I can buy with delivery to the door ????

Thank you

try to grow something that is evergreen, you don,t, need to be raking piles of leaves off the lawn every autumn, the fallen leaves if left can kill the grass off as well as i have found to my cost, Good luck.


Tons of trees to pick from Gembo - and it really comes down to how much work you want to do as well. I bought a couple of apple trees cheaply from B&Q in summer and I'm looking forward to the spring blossom and the height they'll give as much as anything. Layers in the garden are important to stop it all looking 'samey'. Lots of shrubs and climbers can give a similar effect too. Many of the Prunus and Birch varieties have nice bark too.


I know that fallen leaves in the autumn can be a nuisance if you're unable to rake them off, but we have two large ash trees at the bottom of our garden and raking the leaves takes less than an hour twice during the autumn and is better than paying to go to the gym - brilliant upper body exercise and is tones those upper arm muscles 

 If we don't have fallen leaves in our gardens it's no wonder that hedgehogs are an endangered species - they need leaves to make their nests to hibernate in 

All good info - and yes , thanks Fairygirl, layers are good ... I plan to start as if October pay day and do a little every month to fill our blank canvas

Have also read that planting is good from now til April as not hot and lots of rain !
So I think I just need to be brave and make a choice ... Once one is chosen & planted I think I'll feel far more confident about further plantings

Thank you

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