Posted: 24/05/2013 at 09:39
Thanks Lee that's easier now !
I can see you already have something planted along the fence. If your heart is set on just a border along that side I'd suggest making it as wide as possible because it will limit what you plant. That's why I suggested taking a corner- if you took out the planting on the path side you could then put a specimen shrub on the top left corner which would help screen the children's play area and then let the bed run across to the plant you already have on the fence. Some additional planting down at the bottom left corner would balance it.
I take it you want to keep the grass so I'd still do the first bit of my suggestion- a tough shrub like viburnum or hydrangea would be ideal as I expect it will have to withstand footballs etc! There are loads to choose from and it really comes down to personal colour choices. I think you'd have to just take single shrubs along the fence including the previous suggestions of euonymous and cotoneaster because these will give height without encroaching too far into the grass area. Bear in mind that if you plant shrubs which reach 6' they will also spread to around a similar size so if you want a tiered effect it will take a lot of space. Escallonia will sit against your wall and can be pruned back-the flowers are pink mostly but there is a white variety and it's evergreen. Hebes are evergreen but they won't really reach that height- most are around a metre at most, and agin if they're bigger they will also spread the same. Cornus and Eleagnus could be used but you would have to keep them pruned back. Cornus isn't evergreen but has coloured stems in winter.