What Should I Plant For Screening Neighbours
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Plants aren't just handy for decorating your garden, patio or outdoor space; they can also serve practical purposes. By strategically placing your greenery throughout your own garden, you can interrupt the existing views to highlight a certain eye-catching feature or block out views you don't want to see.
You might also want to secure garden privacy for large or small gardens from prying neighbours' eyes, which can be ensured by choosing trees and plants suited to the job and establishing them where they will be most effective.
But there are many things to consider before you rush out and buy any old shrubs to guard your property. If you want your screening plants, screening trees or privacy hedges to work best and still act as an attractive element of your garden, you'll have to put some thought into it.
Here we've detailed a few of the most important considerations to make when purchasing plants to screen your garden from neighbouring properties.
You can also get creative with your hedge designs to really make the most of the available space in your garden. Using shrubs rather than trees to create a visual screen is one way of doing this. Letting your shrubs grow taller, perhaps around 1.8 metres (6 feet), before trimming the lower branches will give you more space around the ground and allow more sunlight to reach plants and flowers lower down. If you have fences or a trellis around your garden, you can use this method to allow your shrub to branch out over the fence line, further screening your garden from prying eyes.
There are several evergreen species you can consider for your screening plants, including:
Grasses and bamboo
Grasses and bamboo can also form attractive partial screening that can add dynamic movement and relaxing sound to your garden in a breeze. However, you must choose your varieties carefully to create the right screening effect in terms of height. For example, Miscanthus Sinensis cultivars such as M. Sinensis, "Morning Light", can reach 2 metres (6 feet), and M. Sinensis, "Silberspinne", can reach up to 1.5 metres (5 feet). Both would be perfect for informal screens, but depending on your desired height, you must determine which is best for your garden.
When choosing the right bamboo varieties, ensure that the ones you select will form clumps, such as Golden Bamboo, and are not invasive species that intrude into the surrounding area too aggressively. One variety that does this best is Chusquea Montana, which typically grows straight up in a tidy clump. It can reach 1 - 3 metres (3 - 10 feet) and spread outwards over 10 years by 1.5 metres (5 feet).
Other varieties include Fargesia murieliae, which forms tidy clumps with small leaves along the culms. This variety can reach up to 4 metres (13 feet) and spreads outwardly up to 2.5 metres (8 feet). F. nitida is another fantastic variety, similar to the previous one, but will not grow as tall, limited to roughly 2 - 4 metres (6 - 13 feet).
If you have a smaller garden, small trees are the best solution if you want to create an effective screen. Potential small tree varieties include:
Best garden trees for privacy
If you are looking for something a little taller or have enough room for bigger trees in your large garden, more options are available than those listed above.
However, specific trees work well in specific gardens, so you have to be just as diligent when choosing the right tree for big gardens. If privacy is your main aim when selecting a tree, making the right choice is even more essential.
You might have a neighbour's window looking directly over into your garden but only require screening for it during the summer. In this case, it would be better to choose deciduous trees that lose their leaves in the winter. You also get the added benefit of the beautiful colour changes as the leaves transition through the autumn.
Alternatively, if you have a particularly ugly view at the end of a small town garden, for example, you may have a lampost that shines through into your garden or home. In this case, evergreen trees are the answer to keeping your garden dark through shade planting to protect your seating areas.
Given that they hold on to their leaves throughout the year, evergreens will give you all the screening you need.
You no longer have to trouble yourself with depressing conifers to protect your privacy. Here are a few other alternatives you might want to consider:
A deciduous tree, known officially as Pyrus calleyrana or Chanticleer.
An evergreen tree that will protect your privacy all year round.
Another evergreen, known officially as Quercus ilex.
A popular evergreen here in the U.K., its official name: Ilex aquifolium.
More commonly known as Juneberry, this is a deciduous species.
Carpinus betulus is somewhere between evergreen and deciduous, with the leaves dying in winter but remaining on their branches.
Also known as "Snow Goose", this is a deciduous species.
-Crab apple tree
The Malus hupehensis variety is especially good as a screening tree.
-A large shrub
Large shrubs like Prunus laurocerasus, "Cherry Laurel", can perform just as well as large trees.
-A multi-stemmed tree
Silver birch or Amelanchier are deciduous, multi-stemmed trees that also make for perfect screens.
How to choose trees for privacy
If you're unsure which tree would be best to secure your privacy, it is often best to talk with a professional tree supplier.
The two most important things to ask about are how fast and how high the tree will grow. Young trees are cheaper, easier to plant and establish better in your garden.
However, they can sometimes take a while to reach the desired height. On the other hand, mature trees are more expensive and troublesome to establish in a new location.
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