Evergreen for pot

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I'd like to buy an evergreen plant that would be suitable for a largeish terracotta pot. It's to block out a neighbour & I was initially thinking of a 'standard' as it's only the top half that needs to be bushy. I'd like it to be about 5'6" :rotfl: or about that height. Ideally it would suit a Japanese theme. I had thought about a bamboo but not sure it would be dense enough??

I'd be grateful for any suggestions, thanks.
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  • edited 29 June 2012 at 8:04AM
    blossomhill_2blossomhill_2 Forumite
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    edited 29 June 2012 at 8:04AM
    How about photinia red robin? Makes a nice standard, can be clipped back to keep within pot size and every few years just tip it out, slice off about a fifth of the roots (vertical slice), pop back into pot and fill the gap with new compost to keep it lively

    {PS - is your neighbour 5' 6" then? ]
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    I grow Bay as standards. Takes a while, unless you want to pay for a ready-made one, but it has the advantage of always being there when making spaghetti bolognese. :)

    Pittosporum make nice standards too. Smaller leaves and respond well to clipping. Again, will take time to reach full size.

    Maybe you need a stop gap plant to hold the line until something classier makes it to 5' 6"?
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  • pink_poppypink_poppy Forumite
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    Thank you both :)

    I've googled & I love the look of the photinia so that's a definite maybe, I have a feeling I saw one of those in Morrison's the other week (not a standard) so will have a look next time I'm in there.

    A bay is a brilliant idea ~ much better to have fresh leaves than the shrivelled up ones I usually buy for my spag bol!!

    Never come across pittosporum so that needs further investigation, looks nice from the google images though.

    It's me that's 5'6" ~ I just wanted something bushy at head height so I can avoid eye contact (& subsequent polite conversation) with my neighbour :rotfl: I'm really not an anti-social so & so, just sometimes I'd like to go outside & not feel I have to acknowledge them, iyswim :o

    Anyway, I have £20 in garden centre gift vouchers so I'm hoping that will buy me a more established plant & I don't mind putting a bit more cash towards a bigger plant if needs be.

    Thanks so much for your help :)
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    I know that you asked for plant ideas but I put a bird table where I needed that bit of privacy. About £12 from B&Q. If the birds use it that's a bonus and I can always move it when my sambucous nigra in a pot gets a bit bigger... :) Maybe you can hang birdfeeders or hanging baskets in the strategic spot as a temporary measure?
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  • pink_poppypink_poppy Forumite
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    Thanks Eenymeeny, the bit I want to make more private is probably a bit too near a window to put a bird feeder, but I like the idea of a hanging basket. I think I've seen freestanding structures for hanging baskets before, just have to remember where I've seen them!! Good idea to have something other than a plant in a pot, thanks for that :)
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  • edited 30 June 2012 at 3:53PM
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    edited 30 June 2012 at 3:53PM
    Pleased to help. My lonely next door neighbour looks into my garden from her kitchen. At times I felt like I was on cctv! Sometimes it's not good to talk eh? :)
    (I also decided that I just wanted some 'cover' in the summer when I was popping out to hang washing etc. Not entirely heartless!)
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