To be filed under the heading of "be careful what you wish for".
For years, I've lamented my neighbor's planting of red-tip photinias on his side of our shared fence. Not only did their roots steal moisture and nutrients from my soil, but the reddish hues of new foliage did not go well with the mostly pastel colors of my back gardens. So I rejoiced when he decided to cut down the photinias earlier this year to make room for critical fence repairs. I never once considered the possibility that whatever he planted in their stead might clash even more grievously. Put on your sunglasses, my friends, and behold the image now burned into my retinas.
What do you MEAN it doesn't look all that bad? They're an abomination, an insult to all that is lovely about my garden. Not only that, I can see them from here at my desk when I'm gazing out the patio door in contemplation and cogitation.
I'm not going to say the cannas must die ... I honor my neighbor's right to plant whatever he wishes in his garden, just as he honors my right to do so in mine. But something must be done to obscure them from view. There's no room to plant a 30 gallon tree in that area, effective though it might be in screening the loathsome sight. And I suspect there are MORE cannas that have yet to grow tall enough to be seen over the fence. My current thinking is to install some kind of structure ... a pergola, multiple trellises, whatEVER ... on which I could grow vines or climbing roses. Have any ideas for me? BRING THEM ON. PLEASE. I BEG YOU!