Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:11
we inherited four massive Leylandii at the back of the garden and I am going to take them out. They have been brilliant for screening, of course, so I want to put something in their place, but I don't think a new tree needs to be anything like as tall, maybe ultimately 15', in order to still screen us from the houses at the back. I would like a single tree with a widish canopy (the back is only about 5-6 m wide), evergreen, but light and airy, just to provide a welcome contrast from the gloom of the Leylandii. I was thinking something like a pittosporum, with its cream and white leaves, but does anyone have any other ideas? The ground is at the moment horrible and acid but we will grind out the old roots and give it a good dose of new soil. Thanks!!