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Oct 7, 2017 8:03 AM CST

I am in the U.K. and wondered if anyone has any suggestions for a plant I could use for screening. I may be asking for the impossible here but ideally:
- will grow in a narrow space therefore I'm hoping for something less bushy and not requiring a wide hole on planting
- mainly shady space
- around 6-8ft tall
- evergreen

I initially thought bamboo but there are so many varieties I don't know where to start, plus I worry about the roots causing problems with the nearby patio area and they all seem to grow way too tall for my garden.

The idea behind it - most of the back of our garden is surrounded by conifers (from the people behind us, not our garden) but there is a gap where their shed is (one fence panel sized). So I'm after something to screen this gap.

Maybe I'm looking for something that doesn't exist, but thank you in advance anyway!
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Oct 7, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Some sort of vining plant sounds like what you need. What zone are you in? Does the area have sun or shade?
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Oct 7, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Hi, Stef,

Have you a good depth to your planting area?
The following plants will offer the screening you're looking for;-

Photinia 'Red Robin' - evergreen which can be pruned to shape

Eleagnus 'Vivileg' - variegated evergreen with upright habit

Osmanthus delayvii -Evergreen with fragrant spring flowers

Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'- Deciduous with fragrant flowers on bare stems, upright habit

Taxus baccata fastigiata 'Aurea- upright golden yew.

As Zencat mentioned a vine, or honeysuckle

There are more to choose from. Hope you find something suitable

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Oct 7, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Thanks both! I will look into your suggestions Yorkshirelass, thanks again!
Zencat - I don't think we use zones in the U.K.? Our garden is south facing so generally sunny although this spot will likely mostly be shaded due to surrounding trees etc.

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