Dear Forum Members,
Please may I pick your brains about solutions for privacy for the rear boundary of our garden? We back onto another garden, so the foot of our garden, adjoins the foot of their garden. To give you bit of orientation, in the photos the light-coloured shed behind the fence is the neighbours’, with their shed windows overlooking our garden (grrrr!) , and the dark shed to the left is on our side. The boundary comprises of short wooden fence panels set in concrete posts with some chicken-wire-like stuff fixed above it (plastic). The overall height of this physical boundary is approx 1x metre 30cm (1.3m height). The flower bed you see at the fence in the main photo (our garden) contains (L-R) a dead escallonia, a dead stump of something else, a seemingly healthy ornamental cherry (now fruiting - edible?), and is otherwise empty aside from a clump of lemon balm, a Japanese quince, in spring – bluebells and some buried long-dead cats – many. The light-green maple-like foliage in the foreground and to the right is a young Liquidambar tree.
What We Had in Mind
We need more privacy at this boundary, yet have no idea at present which householder is responsible for maintaining it. However, even if the responsibility fell to us, we would not want to go the bother and expense of having the concrete posts taken out and reset with taller posts and have 6ft fence put in. In an ideal world I suppose this would be great. So instead, we think we would like to choose hedging/shrubs to screen to maybe 6 ft, unless someone has another solution, hence this forum post!
The bed is seriously overhung by the neighbours Leylandii (50-60 ft tall) and receives little direct light and no rain as the soil, while well dug and soft, is always very dry! I’m not sure of the soil type other than it is deep, and finely tilthy. Is there any shrub/hedge/bushery – preferably native, that will grow here? We are not opposed to deciduous species. The overall style/vibe of our garden is woodland and informal ‘english’ and we’d like to keep it that way. We are not too keen on glossy evergreens. But perhaps beggars can’t be choosers!?
Please could the collective brainpower of this wonderful forum be of any help figuring out a solution which may give us some much needed privacy along this dry and shady boundary?
The Grateful Deadhead