Need Some Advice Please.

30 Jun 2008
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United Kingdom
Looking for some advice regarding screening off the bottom of our garden.
Below is a picture as it is now. What I want to do, after cutting the grass and tidying up! is to plant some trees/bushes to screen us from being overlooked by neighbours at the back. They used to have a large conifer but cut this down a few years ago. Now we have a conservatory with the doors on the end and it feels like we are 'open' to everyone looking in. The houses adjacent are screened and this helps us but we want to obstruct the bottom half without losing the sun. The fence panels are 6' high by 6' wide and the sun comes into the back on the left at about 12.00 mid-day and sets in the far right.
Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks Thermo,
was looking at some today in a garden centre. How many do you think we would need to cover those 2 panels and what height should we be looking at when we buy them?
We had a similar problem in our house and we planted a flowering shrub called Lavatera. The growth rate in the 1st season was incredible. dont know if we had wonder soil but it grew and grew and filled a space about 10' wide and about 10' high. Wonderful pink flowers and a long season. In the 2nd year we cut it hard back to about 2' above ground level and off it went again. recomended.
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Lavatera also known as Tree Mallow or just Mallow. very strong growth but requires heavy pruning to stop it becoming spindly. Can grow up to 30 ft high and as wide if left alone.
Bamboo is a better solution for screening as it is more dense and stays green and full all year. You would need two large clumps I reckon. Just be aware that all bamboos creep underground - some more than others - so it may pop up where you dont want it unless you take appropriate steps.

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