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Posted: 26/05/2012 at 20:18

Thanks gardeningfantic - I feel really silly that I hadn't thought of that!  Shows you how clueless we are with it all.  There are gardens nearby with perfectly sized bushy things (!) though perhaps not as pretty as I'd hoped for - I'll have to find out what they are as a start.  It's really rather wet and windy (lots of ferns and long grassy things suited to boggy land knocking about) so I stongly suspect it/they'll have to be hardy, I love the idea of roses but haven't seen any locally, maybe too delicate?  I'm liking the Sloe, Holly and Hawthorn idea.  We've a multitude of small low level little flowers that are really pretty at the front of the border, kind of trailing down the wall (for-get-me-nots I think are one), so I want to keep those and have the hedge/shrubs just behind.  Feeling much more confident now - cheers!

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Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:15

Thanks both Janet and Koala.  The Sloe idea sounds fabulous! I'll plan a trip to a decent centre and have a look for those.  I'm not fixed on either a mixed border or a simple single bush, however the latter appeals because we're such novices, yet I had thought it might look too imposing and that a mixed hedge might blend in more to the surroundings.  Your suggestions are a great start anyway!  Thanks very much for your help - really want to enjoy the garden more next summer whilst not ruining the view for others.

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Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:54

Janet - thanks!  I am definitely looking for something that encourages wildlife as much as possible, and scented would be lovely but not such a priority (we have honesysuckle against the house so it's not a necessity) - to be honest my main concerns are privacy for us and maintaining the 'look' of the row - I don't want the hedge/shrubs to look out of place or overly private (no 6 foot fences!).  You're dead right - a local garden centre is probably my best bet for the conditions we have locally.  It's just the appearance that is leaving me in a quandry given the elevation of the garden compared to rest of the row... There's none silimar locally, and I've googled to find pics of raised gardens with privacy hedges, but have found nowt appropriate   I have wondered if a mixed range of 1m-1.5m plants might be best, but I've not a clue where to start nor do we have any gardening experience so it's all a bit daunting.

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Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:08

Thanks for that Dove - I'll have a look at those plant suggestions.  The problem is I've pretty much ruled out trellis or fencing as I'm not sure it would 'look' right in situ - of course for us it'd be perfect, but I'm keen to maintain the appearance of the row.  The 1m elevation is a supported by a natural stone wall, and for some reason (though admittedly I am a *total* novice) I can't envisage either fencing or trellis looking appropriate above it.  Mainly because all but one (other than us) of our row of cottages have gardens level with the lane, but with the same stone wall dividing and just a selection of plants for their privacy, only at a lower level - so aesthetically I can't imagine a trellis or fence fitting in too well.  Hope that makes sense!

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Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:53

Thanks for the reply

But not really - we've some trees and a hill to the west, so anything up to 1.5m wouldn't make any odds in terms of the sun we'd get. By adding the hedge/shrub where we plan to we won't be totally blocking the walkers off - it's rather nice to have a chat with them occasionally.  But the garden feels really exposed because it's elevated, so we definitely want to add some privacy to make it more useful to us.

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Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:44

Hi, Brand new to this forum and gardening, so I hope I've popped this in the correct place.

I would be so grateful if anybody could suggest a shrub/bush that would provide some privacy for our front yard.  It's tiny (only 4m across), but gets the evening sun and is much more pleasant than our back yard, so we'd like to use it for sitting out in the evenings.  The problem is that we live in a cottage row on a track/lane with plenty of walkers and a road approaching the front of the house.  The front garden is raised about 1m from track level, and I just haven't a clue what would be in keeping, thrive with little expertise and provide good all season coverage from the walkers and the road.  I don't know the soil type, but it's North Derbyshire (i.e wet!) and the front garden is west facing, and very exposed with pretty harsh winds and winters. I'd want something rather dense all year, and up to 1.5 metres high max - just for some extra privacy.

Any suggestions very welcome - thanks!

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