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Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:54

Matteo - obelixx can you give you the best advice here, as she's in the same country! Her 'local' knowledge will be very helpful for you.  

Most of us are based in Britain and even here, there are huge regional variations. I'm in central/west Scotland on a hill (about 500 feet above sea level)  and my garden is fairly exposed. I've gardened on more exposed sites than that too, so I'm well acquainted with wind and the damage it can do.

It really comes down to the look you want as well. Shrubs will give you a good shelter belt as well as disguising that shed, and careful choices will mean you don't lose your lovely views. Once you have some shelter, you can plant a wider range of perennials, shrubs and so on, according to your own taste. 

Good luck with it  

Need a couple of trees to screen a shed

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:43

The wind here can lift concrete out the ground - it laughs in the face of trellis. It would bend and break easily in the wrong site.

If the site's quite exposed and it's not feasible to put in a sacrificial, filtering barrier of some kind (ie shrub/tree shelter belt) then good sturdy shrubs are the best solution. obelixx has made good suggestions. I'd add Viburnums into the list as well, and I'm sure there are plenty more.

You could also add some sturdy evergreens on the opposite side of your garden to filter that wind a little. Depending on the space you have, a little corner of laurel with some of the aforementioned shrubs in front will help diffuse it. The laurel grows quickly and will get big but you can prune it to the size you want.  You'll then get a background which will filter the wind and help protect anything in front of it.


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:29

Morning people. 

On a laptop - pressing ctrl and the +  or _ key for increasing or decreasing Hosta.

Pat - 

Lots of rain overnight here - pond is topped up and grass is growing like mad. If the forecast's right I may need to bring a little pony home to keep it in check.....

Off for a quick look round before I head off. Was slightly awol last night as I was making a cake for a friend at work who's sold her house. Lemon drizzle anyone? 

spirea variety

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 19:25

I have that here too Verd. It's a useful evergreen but I much prefer the arguta. They have a lovely shape.

I'd like the Exochorda, but I've really nowhere to put it other than the front and I'm not prepared to spend any more on that part of the garden!

Bag lady

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:29

I remember a man going into a car showroom a very long time ago. He had his own, very successful business and was known to us at the yard (stables) I worked in. He looked like a scruffy farmer - mainly because he was! The staff were less than polite and basically ignored him and obviously hoped he'd go away. He did, but he returned at a later date - in his new Rolls Royce...

....which he'd paid for in cash.

They were more than peed off. Served them right! 

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:18

I might try barry's idea. They're a b***y nuisance. They've been chomping all the foliage of my nasturtiums which were just getting underway on my back fence 'window box'  

spirea variety

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:14

Always knew you were awkward KEF.... 

I have two of them in, what I laughingly call, my 'white border'. I love them. They're particularly good if given plenty of room to do their thing. 


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:12

Good luck  KEF  -we had one (g pig)  in a little playhouse. They're quite robust if you drop them....

jo - puts a lot of things into perspective. I don't take my own (relatively good) health for granted. I know how fortunate I am. 

Panda - great news - hope it goes well for you 

Cake for me please Frit - I have a nice cuppa here just crying out for some 

Had to re read your post Lesley - thought you said LP was 'kilted up' - perhaps she was though....

Typical - the heavy morning rain eventually went off here in the afternoon. I get home from work and the heavens open  It feels like we might get a thunderplump, as my mum used to call it  

spirea variety

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 17:05

Spirea arguta 'bridal wreath' is the usual one nikki.

It's a lovely shrub 

Short flowering season for my buddleja's

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 07:34

My Black Knights have been flowering for a few weeks - I was deadheading them yesterday and they have loads more blooms to come. The white one is just starting - it's late, but mainly because it was a very old shrub which was hacked to the ankles later last year and then moved. 

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