Advice on Back Border

kelly922November 1, 2013

Need help with back border. Been looking at it too long. Want to cover UGLY electrical lines and blur horizon so it's more of a private feel in back yard. But then we'll also lose some "borrowed" landscape and color from the trees beyond.
This is what we have in pic:
-Enclosed backyard by 5' tall picket fence (fence not visible but exists behind row of forsythia)
-Adjacent sides (not visible) planted with trees & evergreens - Hawthorne, Gr Giants, Var.Hollies, Rhodeys, hydrangea, boxwood & more forsythia.
-Measures 130 ft across back border corner to corner
-Row of forsythia - now green (visible) along entire border
-Left corner (not visible in pic) 30' tall Blue Atlas Cedar to left of small Purple Plum (visible) and blue lacrosse wall.
-Middle of border (visible-covering pole) Oct Glory Maple
-Right corner (visible but young) Yellowbird Magnolia
-There is approx 130 ft between me taking pic (on patio) and Oct Glory Maple tree.

Initial thought: plant 2 groupings of 3 evergreens on either side of Oct Glory Maple against fence...each grouping containing 2 Yoshino Cryptomerias or Green Giants (which we have on adjacent sides of yard) and 1 of a different type evergreen, not decided....??

Not opposed to removing forsythia to make room for plants that will serve an occlusive purpose. I know forsythia aren't popular but they were here when we bought the house 20 yrs ago and I actually do like them...but admittedly - they are taking up valuable space.

So what do you think? Would really appreciate your help.

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The picture shows that in order to screen the wires, you need some 30' height (at maturity) material. How plants are arranged is difficult to tell from the picture and many things mentioned are not visible. It would be easier to discern the layout from an accurate scale plan view. I suspect you might need to replace the Forsythia hedge with the taller material.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2013 at 11:10AM
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Ohh gosh - yea I'm lucky I was able to upload this pic - don't think I can handle multiple in one post. I'm pretty bad with technology. :-(
In any case, the adjacent sides are fence lined with the assorted plant material I mentioned beforehand but I don't necessarily have to repeat them. I know I have to remove some of the forsythia and get some very tall evergreens back there as well. I guess what I am looking for is a fresh set of eyes to point out anything I might have overlooked. In the meantime, if you have any ideas about a different layout or evergreen grouping - let me know. Thx again for replying.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 4:11PM
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I would consider beefing up the 'October glory' by adding 2 more, one placed to each side and behind, in a triangular fashion. and then adding evergreen in lieu of where the remaining forsythia is, in a double staggered row, if you wish to have it look full, but not rigidly formal. You could use a single variety of evergreen, or groups (not individuals) of different varieties, depending on what kind of "look" you're trying to achieve. I don't think it's critical that you use evergreen as deciduous will work well to camouflage the wires so that they are not disturbing.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 6:49AM
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Thanks so much! In the spring I will incorporate those insights!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 8:25AM
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