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Old 22-08-2004, 10:12 AM
Lynda Thornton
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Default Well-behaved trees for obscuring!

Hi again

We are very overlooked at the back by one house which has a large garden
but has had some trees and hedge cut right down presumably to gain a
view of a hill some way away. Unfortunately it means that 2 large upper
windows are directly looking at our back garden, and from higher up on a
hill which makes it more obvious.

We are planting a holly hedge along the relevant boundary to continue a
partial one that was already there, but this will be a slow grower and
anyway it will not grow to the height we would want to obscure these
windows. We think the best thing will be to put 2 or 3 trees into a
raised lawn which is in front of the holly and a few yards from the
garden boundary. As it is quite raised up I thought that a few well-
behaved and not too rampant evergreens would be the best way to provide
some obscuring without putting huge hedges or other screens in right on
the boundary which is where the holly will be. I would like evergreens
because in the winter any lights on in these windows would be very
obvious so I would want to retain greenery and leaves in front of them.

It's fairly exposed being on a higher area but there are higher trees
and hedges nearby so there is some shelter from the worse winds etc, and
it is south-ish facing so gets plenty of sun. Something fairly fast
growing would be best but with a max height of around 30ft as much
higher would just be too big really and there is the issue of invasive
roots as well. I don't mind the colour really but need something not
too wide-spreading as it might block our access up some steps into the
raised area.

Can anyone suggest good trees for this kind of situation?
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Old 22-08-2004, 10:29 PM
Sally Thompson
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On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 09:12:05 +0000 (UTC), Lynda Thornton
wrote:

Hi again

We are very overlooked at the back by one house which has a large garden
but has had some trees and hedge cut right down presumably to gain a
view of a hill some way away. Unfortunately it means that 2 large upper
windows are directly looking at our back garden, and from higher up on a
hill which makes it more obvious.

big snip
Lynda, whereabouts in Shropshire have you moved to? I might be able
to suggest some good local nurseries etc if you are anywhere near
Ludlow.


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Sally in Shropshire, UK
bed and breakfast near Ludlow: http://www.stonybrook-ludlow.co.uk
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Old 23-08-2004, 03:29 PM
Lynda Thornton
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In article , Sacha
writes
On 22/8/04 10:12, in article , "Lynda
Thornton" wrote:

snip

It's fairly exposed being on a higher area but there are higher trees
and hedges nearby so there is some shelter from the worse winds etc, and
it is south-ish facing so gets plenty of sun. Something fairly fast
growing would be best but with a max height of around 30ft as much
higher would just be too big really and there is the issue of invasive
roots as well. I don't mind the colour really but need something not
too wide-spreading as it might block our access up some steps into the
raised area.

Can anyone suggest good trees for this kind of situation?


Have a look at this:
www.eucalyptus.co.uk
They're grown in quite tough conditions and there are many different types.


Hi Sacha

Many thanks for that suggestion - I hadn't even though of eucalyptus!
I've sent off for their catalogue and as the place itself isn't a
million miles away we might even visit them!

Have you had any more bright ideas?!

Lynda

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Old 23-08-2004, 04:32 PM
Sacha
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On 23/8/04 15:29, in article , "Lynda
Thornton" wrote:

In article , Sacha
writes

snip

Have a look at this:
www.eucalyptus.co.uk
They're grown in quite tough conditions and there are many different types.


Hi Sacha

Many thanks for that suggestion - I hadn't even though of eucalyptus!
I've sent off for their catalogue and as the place itself isn't a
million miles away we might even visit them!

Have you had any more bright ideas?!

Lynda


Would some of the bigger Rhododendrons and Camellias be any good?

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Sacha

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Old 27-08-2004, 11:18 PM
keith Alexander
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I agree Eucalyptus will be the quickest choice plus the can be had
relatively cheaply.
Buy small plants as the larger ones become pot bound quickly in the Garden
Centres and do not establish as well
they can be pruned hard back once more permanent plants become established
and then make good shrubs.

another option may be cut leaved elders (sambucus) these again grow very
fast.

but all this is relative you are still looking at being overlooked for
probably at least three years

"Sacha" wrote in message
k...
On 22/8/04 10:12, in article , "Lynda
Thornton" wrote:

snip

It's fairly exposed being on a higher area but there are higher trees
and hedges nearby so there is some shelter from the worse winds etc, and
it is south-ish facing so gets plenty of sun. Something fairly fast
growing would be best but with a max height of around 30ft as much
higher would just be too big really and there is the issue of invasive
roots as well. I don't mind the colour really but need something not
too wide-spreading as it might block our access up some steps into the
raised area.

Can anyone suggest good trees for this kind of situation?


Have a look at this:
www.eucalyptus.co.uk
They're grown in quite tough conditions and there are many different
types.
--
Sacha
www.hillhousenursery.co.uk
South Devon
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Old 27-08-2004, 11:29 PM
keith Alexander
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Shropshire!

I am near Ellesmere and there is a very good specialist nursery up the road
just over the border in welsh Wales selling Bamboo (Knolton Bryn) look in
the NGS yellow book.

I bought four 3m plus plants recently at probably a quarter of the rip off
prices charged in the normal garden centre the masses flock to every
weekend.

(sorry masses but I would rather pays the grower than countless middlemen
for a superior product any day)

These would also make a good instant screen

Well worth a visit the guy also does lots of Grasses and day lilies.

"Sally Thompson" wrote in message
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On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 09:12:05 +0000 (UTC), Lynda Thornton
wrote:

Hi again

We are very overlooked at the back by one house which has a large garden
but has had some trees and hedge cut right down presumably to gain a
view of a hill some way away. Unfortunately it means that 2 large upper
windows are directly looking at our back garden, and from higher up on a
hill which makes it more obvious.

big snip
Lynda, whereabouts in Shropshire have you moved to? I might be able
to suggest some good local nurseries etc if you are anywhere near
Ludlow.


--
Sally in Shropshire, UK
bed and breakfast near Ludlow: http://www.stonybrook-ludlow.co.uk
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