Looking for tree/shrub/plant suggestions SE MA
Last fall my neighbor installed a white vinyl privacy fence along the property line. I have owned my property for 17 years and both myself and the former owner of my neighbor's house thought that the property line was 15 feet out into the neighbor's yard. So I have been planting and maintaining that area of the property since I moved in 17 years ago. The house was sold and the new neighbor had a survey for her fence installation, and I was saddened to discover that that I would be losing 15 feet of what I thought was my property. So I lost all my evergreens that I planted and 8 mature rhododendrons, plus a bunch of other perennials, bulbs, etc. Now I have a sea of white plastic(150 ft) running diagonally east to west through my yard with no plantings to hide it! The neighbor loves her new fence and it definately looks better on her side with all my nice plants screening it. :(
It's going to take me another 17 years to landscape this away I'm afraid, but I want to get to work right way.
I'm looking for suggestions on your favorite bird attracting trees and shrubs, also anything evergreen that you think would work well. The area along the fence is part shade.
My goals are to screen the fence year round as much as possible, but at the same time, I don't want to eat up a lot of space since the true property line is much closer to my house now. Attaching trellises is out of the question, and in fact neighbor has already asked me not to put things near the fence(ugh), so I have to be careful.
I guess I'm looking for some tall narrow stuff that would work in part sun with an emphasis on native species and attracting birds.
After seeing all Claire's beautiful pieris(piereses? pierisi?), they are definately on my list.
A picture would probably be helpful, but I don't have one right now. As soon as I take one I will post it.