Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:11
Oh Pete - I was just about to say how relieved I am that nutcutlet suggests watering. How do yours look? Mine have very dry shrivelled leaves? Are yours in an open area?
Yes they are outside nutcutlet - in big containers, slightly buried into ground at the top of a slight slope from conservatory. Their main function is to provide screening but they also look lovely among other bushes. I was limited as to what could be planted so close to the house as there were already a number of large bushes at the bottom of this slope but which were not high enough to provide the privacy I'm desparate for. They may also be sheltered by the umbrella of a large tree some way away. They are probably not in an ideal position as they have a function to fulfil.
Thank you both for your repliees do the conditions I've described make any difference to what you would recommend?