often asked "how many evergreens are needed to block the view of the
neighbors?" And they want the screen to
run from the front curb to the back alley.
Even though a wall of arborvitae
provides a year round screen, you may want to mix it up for seasonal
change. Plus, if one of these shrubs
were to die, how do you fill in the void left by that one dead arborvitae.
mixed border filled with trees, shorter shrubs and perennials provides year
narrow areas consider a vine-covered trellis.
I've seen a section of old iron fencing be converted into a trellis for
the shade tolerant 5-leaf akebia vine.
add a bit of privacy to your deck or patio.
Use creative arbors to support vines and artwork for screening. Add a few containers to complete this
beautiful privacy screen.
Non invasive ornamental grasses are
another option. They provide significant
height for screening with a relatively small footprint in the landscape. Use these in areas where screening is not
critical in early spring when the dried foliage is cut back to the ground
level. New growth will quickly reach
full size in late spring or early summer. Or mix it up with evergreens. The
evergreen foliage makes a nice backdrop to the flowers and foliage of the