Evergreens make wonderful quick hedges and privacy screens. Some mature quickly into dense hedges and others develop with you over time. When planting your living screen do not plant in a straight line. Instead zig-zag the trees to give a fuller effect and to allow the trees to get air and the sun. This will also help the hedge give with the wind preventing breakage and wind tunnels.Get A Quote
Evergreens make wonderful quick hedges and privacy screens. Some mature quickly into dense hedges and others develop with you over time. When planting your living screen do not plant in a straight line. Instead zig-zag the trees to give a fuller effect and to allow the trees to get air and the sun. This will also help the hedge give with the wind preventing breakage and wind tunnels.
Choose a couple of your favorite evergreen varieties. It is wise to plant more than one variety of evergreen in a border so that disease and pests will not destroy the whole planting. Take a look at the top 10 choices.
Long a European favorite boxwood responds very well to pruning and shaping. Besides making great hedges boxwoods are a favorite tree for a topiary. The tiny evergreen leaves remain tidy when clipped. Korean boxwood is proving to behardier than the English varieties. Prune in late spring as new growth darkens. Size varies with species and it prefersfull sun to partial shade.
Yew makes a dense hedge that responds well to pruning. Overgrown yew hedges can often be restored by hard pruning in late winter. Many yews used for foundation plantings remain squat. T. baccata grows to 6 feet tall and 16 feet spread making it great for hedging. The uniformity of a yew hedge makes a great wall for enclosed gardens. It is a slow-to-medium grower.
Arborvitae Green Giant was introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum. You can grow it in almost any soil conditions from sand to clay. It forms a pyramid shape and requires no pruning. It is pest resistant and even deer resistant. For a quick hedge or windbreak plant these plants 5 to 6 feet apart. For a more gradual hedge plant 10 to 12 feet apart. These fast-growers can reach a height of 60 feet and a spread of 20 feet.
This small evergreen tree is frost resistant and fast growing in the sun. The white flowers are produced in summer. It attracts birds and is used for nesting sites. It also attracts butterflies. It has been adopted by the landscaping trade perhaps for its versatility. It makes a great screen -windbreak
Popular for its glossy green leaves and bright red berrieshollies look best if kept trimmed and full. Only the females set berries but you will need a male to cross-pollinate. There are some new varieties that do not require two sexes. Hollies prefer acidic soil and the addition of peat or garden sulfur may be necessary. The American holly is more widely adaptable than English holly. It is a medium grower reaching a height of 6 to 10 feet and a spread of 5 to 8 feet. Plant hollies 2 to 4 feet apart.
Over 90 of the windbreaks designed and installed are done incorrectly using the wrong species or spacing. Have your windbreak designed or if you have a plan from someone else checked by a windbreakologist We can design your windbreak provide the trees plant and advise you on how to care for them. We specialize in windbreaks.
The Leyland cypress is a column-like evergreen with flat scale-like leaves. It makes a tough privacy screen or windscreen that is salt tolerant and grows best infull sun. Many new cultivars are being bred for bluer color variegation and more feathery foliage. It is a fast grower and you can prune to shape it as new foliage deepens in color. It can reach a height of 60 to 70 feet and a spread of 15 to 20 feet.
Also known as the gold dust tree39Variegata39 has leathery pale bright green leaves mottled with yellow variegation. This tree is a standout especially when used to light up a shady area which it prefers.39Variegata39 is a female and requires a male for pollination to produce red berries. Good choices include 39Mr. Goldstrike39 and 39Maculata.39 This laurel likes moist soilbut can handle periodic dry spells. It is a slow grower that can be pruned in early spring to summer. It can reach a height of six to nine feet and a spread of three to five feet.
This hybrid willow is the perfect selection if you need a fast growing tree for shade screening or a windbreak. minimum of 4 feet per year and UP TO 10 FEET PER YEAR. The faster growth rates are achieved in wet or rainy areas.
Aug 28 2017nbsp018332In addition to being an effective screen look for white spring blooms followed by bright-orange winter berries loved by birds. Quickly reaches 10 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. . Prized for its brilliant silver-blue foliage use for large-scale screening or a serious windbreak. Moderate growing up to 15 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide larger with age. .
Mar 08 2018nbsp018332Techny Arborvitae If you want a gorgeous dark green privacy screen or windbreak and have enough room for an evergreen that can grow to 15 wide by 25-30 tall nothing can beat a group of Techny Arborvitae. Very dense even at a young age. Growth of 12-15 per year. .
A fast growing and very showy wattle with fernlike grey-green foliage and masses of golden yellow flowers in the middle of Winter. Frost resistant and grows to about 6m high. . Its dense foliage makes an excellent choice as a medium sized windbreak or screen. Enter the number of plants and click quotAdd To Cartquot Add To Cart.
Discover fast-growing plants that will create a beautiful screen in next to no time.
If you need to create privacy from neighbours mask an ugly view create natural divisions in your garden or create a feeling of enclosure around a seating area plants that have a screening effect can be very useful in the garden. They also change with the seasons offering interest throughout the year.
Screening plants differ to hedges they are less dense and less formal allowing glimpses of what is beyond while creating an informal boundary. Some such as bamboo and grasses are dynamic rustling gently in the wind. They take up less space than a hedge so are a good choice for smaller gardens and courtyards.
Choose the largest plants that you can afford for more immediate impact. Here are some ideas for fast-growing plants for screens.
Bamboo makes a great contemporary screen. Go for a non-invasive clump-forming variety such as Fargesia nitida. Once the plants have reached your desired height snip the tops off. Bamboo can be grown in containers making it a good choice for screening a patio roof terrace or balcony.
Skyrise do lose their leaves in the winter. However they make an excellent year-round windbreak due to their dense branch structure. Plant Skyrise trees 5-8 ft. apart in a single row or 6-10 ft. apart in a double staggered row for a thick windbreak or screen.
Ornamental grasses such asMiscanthus sinensisKleine Silberspinne make attractive fluid screens that are also tactile its impossible not to run your hands through them. Plant in a row for an attractive hazy screen that changes throughout the seasons and looks particularly good in autumn.
Dogwoods offer interest throughout the year. They provide more cover in spring and summer when they have attractive foliage and flowers but come into their own in winter when their colourful glowing stems are revealed. Good for creating a natural boundary.
Vines such as Vitis vinifera shown are fast-growing and will not only cover a trellis but the top of a pergola for example making them a good choice for creating privacy in the spring and summer less so in winter. And youll have the added advantage of grapes to enjoy.
Pyracantha firethorn is an easy-to-grow shrub that will fill out to make a dense screen. It has creamy-white scented flowers in summer followed by berries in autumn loved by birds. It can put on 50cm of growth a year. Use it to disguise an ugly building such as a shed or to create a divider within the garden.
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