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Screening Solutions
Problem One

Problem One

A large monstrosity, such as an industrial site or high rise block of flats is spoiling my view.

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For broadscale screening in a large space, an economical solution is to plant a solid green screen of fast-growing but well-behaved conifers such as Thuja plicata 'Excelsa' (Hedging) or Pinus nigra ssp. nigra , and plant a selection of deciduous trees in front to provide rich contrast and seasonal interest. For a more natural effect, space permitting, a mixed screen of ornamental conifers and deciduous trees can be planted.

For an average sized domestic garden, if screening in excess of 4 meters (approx 12ft) is required, a mixed planting of upright evergreen and deciduous trees is less dominating. For the evergreen element try Thuja plicata 'Excelsa' (Hedging), Calocedrus decurrens, Magnolia grandifloraGoliath’ or Gallissonniere’, or Quercus ilex.

For quite small gardens, or if only ground-floor/garden level screening is needed, see solutions for Problem 3.