Posted: 02/09/2013 at 16:21
Hello all - thanks so much for the response. Much appreciated.
Waterbutts, GillyL, Obelix - yes, I'm led to believe that this barren, strip of stony land doesn't belong to me but, as I was only thinking of placing a trough or container onto this strip, then if somebody had an issue with it in the future, I could easily remove them. I appreciate that everyone lives in different houses and has different perceptions of what is and what isn't acceptable but, I'm inclined to think this would enhance the kerb appeal of both our properties.
However, of course, you are totally correct that my well meaning actions could be interpreted as illegal colonial expansion onto soil I knowingly hold no soveriegnty over. They may even fall out with me before I have the chance to present them with a bottle of wine and an explanation. On that basis, it may well be best to keep my counsel and wait for the new neighbours (no idea how long the house will remain unoccupied...property not managed, not even marketed, if only some squatters knew!).
Obelixx - OK. Makes total sense, if I'm going to grow something 5ft in height it needs a bigger container/pot/trough than I was planning. I'm willing to do some maintenance and even giving it hugs in the winter months to keep it warm but a fence on my tarmac requires professional installation and I have a feeling it could start to look a bit like a car port (which isn't the kind of look I had in mind)
Blairs - thanks for the response but it's for the risk above that I don't feel I can over-develop the strip incase I have to later remove it. But you never know if the future neighbour feels the same way about the strip then this may well be the way to go. I have made a note of those plants as I like the 'evergreen' look.
Verdun - Yes! Larger stone containers would look great (concerns about cost though...) and if I could get the right subjects (I shall add this term to my gardening vocab'!) then it would definitely give me the look I'm after. 3ft deep you reckon to support the root systems? (That's deeper than I thought...) Do you know if any hedge/type plants can be perm supported in shallower containers?
fidgitbones - Not looking to plant directly in the ground (I reckon you'd need a pneumatic drill or something to even go down a few feet!) but I take your point about Leilandii...
Alan4711 - I like the idea of incorporating a potential lattice somehow into the trough and growing something prettier than what I originally thought was just going to be a functional barrier of evenly placed shrubs/plants. I'll give it some thought.
Thank you gardenersworld community for some excellent gardening...and common sense advice in such a short space of time!