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Clemetis armandii is quick growing and evergreen. Some one else will come up with another idea Mick.
There are so many pleas for help for privacy in gardens. If only we had more land in this country and were like Australia where they mainly build one story houses then this problem wouldn't arise.
Welcome Mick. I'm afraid unless as bekkie has said you spend more than a few quid, your wish won't come true. Going down the clematis armandii route will give you an evergreen screen, although it will get a lot bigger than 8 feet. Even a clematis montana will grow a lot taller. However having said that in winter with a bit of training it can provide a dense screen of although bare branches, it is difficult to see through, ask my neighbour at the back of me. The trouble you may have is the weight of any climber as you don't say how your trellis is held up.
A rose will lose it's leaves few will keep their leaves to any great extent.
Have you thought of bamboo, or a tall shrub, although again you have the issue of speed of growth.
There must be someone here can make another suggestion, so be patient.
Not a climber and not evergreen, but something that will give you four or five feet of growth in a season, is buddleia. Let it grow and don't prune it much and it will send up loads of branches and twigs that, just now, are covered in perfumed flowers and butterflies.
Which troubles you more, the fact that they are old or the fact that they are staring?
I'd give them something to stare at. And ask them if they'd like to join in
Give them a wave Mick, maybe they'd like to speak but can't get round to it.
Make sure you get one of the evergreen species and it will
Lonicera isn't generally evergreen but it is extremely twiggy and dense. It will take several years to build up enough mass to be a screen but it would do it eventually. However, to gain enough size to screen out your zombie neighbours it will occupy a space 8 feet high(if that is what you want) by 10 or more feet wide by at least 3 feet deep. Would you be able to accommodate that?
How about taking a photo Mick of the space you want to fill, and putting on here. Make sure the old dears aren't watching though.
Oh bekkie you make me die laughing!
I'll let the others answer your plant question above Mick but to reiterate the others unless you can afford eight footers which are very expensive none of the plants will reach eight foot this summer or have time to spread out to cut out the stares but the ones you have chosen will look really pretty in time
I have similar problem with trellis and looking through but not scarey starErs
what I have done is attached decorative things in line with their eyes which in time when climbers I have in get bigger I can then remove the things I've got wicker hearts and wicker heart shaped baskets but of course you could have what you like
They do lovely metal sculpture wall hanging type things if you fancy and not that expensive at places like dunelms