Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:08
Welcome back Chey
SGL - neighbours!! - just sometimes the idea of living miles from the nearest is appealing
I've used the following for reasonably fast screening.
Buddleia - good height each year but you'll have a gap from spring to early summer after you've cut it back and it's deciduous
Elder - same problems as buddleia unless you don't cut it back. Still deciduous. Mine easily makes 3m every year even though I cut it back to about 2 foot. You can also grow one or two Group 3 clematis through it.
Eleagnus - evergreen and mine has reached 2.5m in three years. Good screening but a little boring. Could grow clematis through it.
Depending on the height of your fence you could consider something like a crab apple tree. They start off high, don't get too big (depending on variety), mine have branches quite low down and quite a nice lollipop shape so they provide upper height and medium height screening and still leave space to plant underneath. They are deciduous but the branches and berries give a degree of cover in the winter. Blossoms and fruit are beautiful. "Evereste" has been the best performer in my garden.
Afternoon everyone else.
We desperately need rain so I'm not complaining - but did it have to arrive when I'm trying to pack the caravan and get the grass cut etc etc???