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Beginner Gardening: Need to hide a neighbors ugly fence.

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Clifton, NJ

July 30, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #5343574

Our new neighbors next door have decided to construct their own fence arounf the property and it looks like hell ... I mean really garbage. I want to hide the sight of it that I can see, about 30 feet next to my property. What is the best type of bush that will hide this 4 foot tall monstrosity?
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2008
7:15 PM

Post #5344670

You'd probably get better coverage if you put some trellises in front of it and grow vines.
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #5345359

Cleyera is a nice looking evergreen shrub. It should get tall enough to hide the ugly fence. I have two in front of my house and they have a nice neat appearance and have needed very little pruning.
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #5348816

Cleyera is very pretty,but might not be hardy there.Evergreens or trellisses are a good idea,because they will block it all year.You also might think of putting up your own garden wall or fencing.Very small growing trees might work there,too.

Middleton, WI
(Zone 4b)

July 31, 2008
7:58 PM

Post #5349591

If you don't go with an evergreen you're going to see the ugly fence all winter. I like arbavita (sp?) because they grow fast and come in lots of sizes but deer think they are candy. Spruce smell wonderful and keep a nice pyramid shape, but they're a bit pricier.

A friend (who's income deprived) had a neighbor put up an orange plastic 4-ft snow fence for a new puppy and then never take the ugly thing down. She put up (on her side) bamboo fencing that came in rolled sheets from the local hardware store. She used an industrial size stapler to attach the bamboo to posts. She started with clematis and morning glories, but now she mixes sweet peas in with the other vines. It really is pretty.
Woodway, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 1, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #5350700

I don't know if willowleaf holly is hardy in Omaha, but it is an excellent screen and would stay at 4 to 5 ft. with only a tiny bit of touch-up pruning once or twice a year. The leaves are not prickly sticky, and it has red berries part of the year. It's sometimes called needlepoint holly, but don't let that name scare you off.
Dwarf Burford is another good choice, about the same height, but it gets wider, and the plants probably cost less.
Woodway, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 1, 2008
12:56 AM

Post #5350719

Oops, those two hollies are only hardy to zone 7. I should have looked first. I'm sure there are other hollies sold in your part of the country that ARE winter-hardy.
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 1, 2008
2:08 AM

Post #5351213

Snarkyboy could be in either zone 5 or 6.
Beverly Hills, CA

August 5, 2008
3:24 AM

Post #5369989

I can't say enough good things about English privet hedge! It will fill in completely and create a solid green wall for you.

Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2008
4:04 AM

Post #5370149

Most of the privets are invasive in many areas, I'd use caution before planting.
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 5, 2008
10:10 AM

Post #5370706

The fastest results and the lowest maintenance are from vines and trellis>

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Warner Robins, GA
(Zone 8b)

August 5, 2008
10:17 AM

Post #5370722

5 olives in a row worked for me and they are fast growing low maint.

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