A very common problem is that often the view from a window is slightly unpleasant, looking out onto a railway for example, or is totally exposed to the neighbours or to passers-by on the street. Trevor and Pauline's house could benefit from some screening from the street at the front of their house, for the bedroom and likewise their bathroom at the rear. The solution, plant wise, is some large Pittosporum James Stirling (or just James Stirling for short), Brendan's favourite screening plant. James Stirlings are like your little black dress of the plant world, they don't flower but look fabulous next to most things. They are hardy plants that work well in just about any climate. They grow to around four meters – a perfect height for most
From the bathroom window the plants are attractive to look at and will also provide some much-needed shade for the back verandah. At the front of the house, Brendan's design incorporates a row of James Stirling then a row of New Zealand Flax, with a final row of Liriope along the street front. Then the entire area is mulched with blue metal for a very sexy finish.