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Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:25

I have put up Birch trees in an avenue to block out the only house that can look into mine. I built up the ground around it and also planted Portugese Laurel underneath it for evergreen cover. The latter will take time to grow tall but the Birch has grown 8ft in 3 years and filling out.

Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 14:46

"But always remember that with most councils you need to get planning permission for a fence over 6 feet high - and the trellis would make it over 6 feet."

You need planning permission for over 2 metres which is 6.6 feet, so the trellis may actually not need permission.


Need to screen my garden

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 13:48

I like that trellis as well but I would not appreciate at all if a neighbour put it up on our shared fence without my permission first. So always ask first.

mahonia X media charity

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:51

Oregon grape is not Mahonia X Media 'Charity' it is Mahonia aquifolium, a different species and not edible! Seed pod does go purple when ripe and it does produce viable seed but they have poor germination rates. Propagation via cuttings are a better source of new material.

Date palms

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:26

The key is protecting it in a sunny spot out of prevailing winds. Think south facing front garden with a wall on front and an evergreen hedge on either side, house behind. I have seen large CIDP in London and a few other places with that set up.


Posted: 11/03/2015 at 15:13

I am the biggest threat to everything in the garden as I am always moving or shifting plants.

Lupins should be the easiest out of all the perennials mentioned. They come back from root and self seed freely. They like full sun and well draining soil. Delphinium and Holyhock are also easy from bare roots though the latter tends to get rust for me.

Rudbeckia I struggle with. I have grown them from seed and I can see them come up the next year but they never seem to flower.

Kniphofia are a challenge for me. Apart from the evergreen Northiae mine seem to dieback and they are in a sunny south facing position with grit and protection. I have seen slugs attack the stalks have way up and me lose flowers that way .

Need to screen my garden

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 13:32

Containers will not work as even if you are assiduous with watering and feeding it will be top heavy and in the first high winds you will be picking what is left up.

Bamboo can get that tall quickly, if you buy mature specimens.

Some native trees grow fast - Rowan for example but are bare in winter.

Laurel or Leylandii do come to mind as evergreen screening plants but will still take some time to grow 9ft.

You can make raised beds to give an extra 2-3 ft.

Yellow magnolia??

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 11:59

The purple ones flower freely even as smallish shrubs. Yellow River does the same but with all Magnolia they need to be big before you get a lot of flowers to make up for ones browning or being blown off.

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 09:11

Most people have small gardens and is there only outdoor space. Whilst nature and gardening need not be mutually exclusive gardens are not nature reserves and neither should we expect them to be. As much as I hate people paving over their gardens, be that with tarmac for cars or decking for the few months it is possible to be be outside in comfort it is their choice for there small piece of outdoors.

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:22

@Verdun would you really use your council compost? Cheap yes but I know what I send them and I can guess what others do....

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