Posted: 14/06/2017 at 09:05
We have a similar situation although a few more trees and some ferns and miscanthus already in situ. We are using shrubs and perennials to create privacy and as Dove has suggested concentrating on certain areas - for example I'm not bothered about the veg garden having privacy and as there is a right of access across the back of the house the very top part isn't worth bothering with.
Shrubs like Sambucus and Lavatera are fast growing and will be pretty for us and our neighbour. We have been here a year and although we do want to increase the privacy also enjoy the openness of not having the usual high fence, also it allows lots of sun into the garden as that side is south facing.
Perenials and grasses like miscanthus, helenium lemon queen, thalictrum etc also grow quite tall so we will be using them as well. This year we have a couple of blocks of annual sunflowers and wigwams of sweet peas and beans to help whilst our plants mature. We've also made the border on that side quite deep in some areas so that the depth of planting will help create a sense of privacy as well as using some taller plants.
it helps to remember that you don't always need a solid barrier to feel hidden from view or at least less exposed. Breaking up sightlines and creating a sense of separation works very effectively. The two ferns we have inherited explode from nothing to around 4/5 feet tall in summer and it's surprising how even that height helps.
I hope you enjoy your new garden
PS I must admit that it helps if you have a neighbour you like 🙂