need privacy for long and narrow area (pics)
We are located in Northwest Indiana, zone 5. Our neighbors have a chainlink fence along our side yard (facing north) which is in shade/partial shade. We NEED to have privacy. They are always having family and friends over and we can't even go outside without feeling like we are in a fishbowl. And there are other issues as well. The problem is that the area is long (about 65ft)and narrow (3 1/2ft) to our gate.
I'd like to use a living screen but privacy fencing is also an option. I have even tossed around the idea of using 2 6'x6' panels and then using shrubs or plants down to the lilac in the corner. I have seen wonderful ideas and beautiful plants/shrubs but they seem to be too large for the narrow area. Here are some pics:
Here is the nice view of our neighbor's yard. It's a rental and he obviously doesn't take care of it. (facing north)
This is the area along the fence toward the back yard (facing east). The lilac is in the corner.
This is the side gate to show the width of the area. (facing west)
Any ideas? Low maintenence would be preferred. Thanks.