Border hedge replacement
I am probabaly borrowing touble and worrying for nothing, but the house next door is up for sale. There is a privet hedge that runs the length of the property that we both take care of, but it is on their property. And I just know the new neighbors will take it out. I have privat hedge on the other side of our lot and along the back. Now I know most people hate privat and it is invasive in the PW, but it is so apppropriate to my 1920's house. It is also an important backdrop to my garden. So, if my worse fear comes true, it gets removed, any suggestions on what to replace it with?
I have debated about replacing it with privat. Drawbacks: high maintenance, and I am not getting any younger and I would have to do all of it now, loses its leaves, and it would probably alienate my new neighbors. In its favor is the fact that it will match the rest of the hedge border and it is so appropriate for a 1920 garden.
I have thought about arborvitae, or another evergreen. It would have to be narrow. Or we have a board fence in a small section behind the garage to hide the composte pile from the alley. I think that would look too solid to run 150 feet, at 5' high. I have an iron gate in the privat hedge along the front on the other side of the house and I thought maybe iron fence, but no privacy and probably way too pricey. I got a reprint of the book on trellis and fencing from the Lee tool company that was mentioned in another thread and they have all kinds of examples of latice/fencing. But it looked so busy.
I have told the neighbors who are selling the house to tell the new buyers that I will maintain the privat, hoping that they won't take it down. I am planting more shrubs in the perienial border to have more of a screen besides the privat.
The hedge runs thru several differennt "zones" in the landscaping. I was even considering haveing different materials. The iron fence in the front yard, until the house starts they are about 12' apart), then start an evergreen hedge back unti the garage starts, and have that be the board fence to sheild the neighbors from the compost pile. Because of the plantings in the garden, there are obvious stopping and starting points. Or is this too much?
The ds suggested offering to take it out for the nighbors and relocating it 2 feet over. The dh did this for me once, 20 years ago, and he almost divorced me then. And it was about 1/3 less in length. But maybe I should attempt that. It would be the summer job.
Now that I have confused the heck out of everybody (and I haven't a clue how to post pictures), any ideas?