I'm in need of some advice for some fast screening to block out the neighbour's kitchen window and an ugly fence.(please see photos)
Apologies in advance for the essay!
The initial area we need screened would be approx 2m × 2m & the garden bed 770 x 85cm. Ultimately we'd like to screen the whole fence but happy with just blocking the area in front of the window first. Our elderly male neighbour tends to want to see what I'm doing every time I am in the yard which is wearing thin and we also have direct line of sight from our kitchen window to his. (That green shadecloth is on his side of the fence).
We have considered (smaller)Lilly Pilly's or Murraya for a narrow hedge or putting in a Hardenbergia climber with trellises/plant supports in the middle of the bed (as the fence isn't high enough and also very long in the tooth but we cant afford to replace the fence right now) and also to allow easier management or pruning of the climber. The area we want screened asap is ground level for about 1.5m then there's a slightly raised bed along the remainder of the fence.
The fence runs North - South and the plants would be facing East so would get some morning and midday sun. The entertaining area roof means the bed is partly shaded for some of the day, more in winter(?) We are near Newcastle in NSW.
(We've only been here a year and the previous owners left all those pots in the photos.)
Thankyou for reading this far
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A very warm welcome to Workshop. You've come to the right place! I'm sure our ever-helpful community will have plenty of ideas and inspiration for you.
I'd recommend you start by taking a look at our Top 10 most popular fence projects as it contains loads of fantastic ideas.
There are some other previous discussions that you should also find useful, including:
All the best,
Thanks for the welcome @Jason, and the links to helpful posts. I have done a bit of reading already but hadn't seen a few you listed.
Thanks for your advice @MikeM84, I really like the look of the bamboo screens.
The other day I tried finding sail shades but no luck and was short on time. I must get down to my local shop again and hunt down both them and the bamboo screens for a closer look.
If you'd like to check out the range online, the link is https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/outdoor-living/outdoor-shade/shade-sails
Your welcome, once you see the mesh material, you will know the type I mean:) easy to hang as well, bamboo is great
Any plants you put in for screening are going to take some time to grow tall enough to give you the result you want. Even if you were to put in trellising (free standing so it wouldn't interfere with the fence replacement) and grow climbers, it would still be some time before you were able to have enough greenery to give you privacy and prevent your neighbour being able to watch your every move!
The idea of shade sails or artificial bamboo screening in the short term is a good one.
Long term, after the fence has been replaced, I'd look at putting up a substantial trellis along the entire length - concretors' reo/reinforcing mesh) is ideal - and training climbers over it. Star Jasmine, Potato Vine and any other fast growing climbers would be ideal. Regular trimming will keep them neat and still allow you access to the narrow passageway between house and fence.
Looking forward to seeing your photos @katita. Feel free to post again in the meantime if you need anything.