retaining wall and/or screen
Hello, we recently bought a house with a somewhat unfortunate back view. The yard is short, about 30 ft with a short rise at the end of maybe 2 ft then a fence then a huge house towering behind it. Our first thought was a retaining wall to flatten out the ugly flip at the end of the yard. Then we were thinking about buying some huge thuja and planting them at the base of the flip to screen both the flip and the house behind it. A landscaper then suggested we do both: A wall about 5 ft from the fence with thuja on top. This would look pretty and give the thuja a 2ft head start, but would be expensive and I worry about putting a bunch of large plants so close to a wall. It was also suggested to space the thuja out and put something flowery in between, but this would then only distract from the house behind rather than completely covering it. I thought a solid green background with a colorful tree in front would be attractive.
Happy to entertain alternatives. Another landscaper suggested some nice deciduous trees in front of the retaining wall, but that means long winters with little between us and the house towering behind us. I don't think evergreens would work as they would have to take up most of the small yard before being large enough to distract from the house behind us.