Ideas for screening hedge in West L.A. front yard

Propaganda Garden DesignAugust 6, 2010

I'm helping some family friends come up with ideas to convert their front lawn into a low water garden and one thing that needs to be addressed is some kind of shrubs to screen out the neighbors to the right. They have a weird little picket fence and an ugly mostly concrete front yard with lots of kids toys and plastic.

So something that fits in with the new low water yard (probably a lot of succulents) and not too jungle like (she doesn't really like a "wild" look.

Any ideas?

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gobluedjm

What direction does it face? All sun, part sun, all shade?
For low water or drought tolerant there are a lot of other choices than succulents.
How big is the area?
Is it possible to post a pic?
Do they have a preference on flower color etc.
So many choices with such a generic request can't recommend anything at this time.

Start looking thru the Western Garden Book for ideas.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 5:26PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Tough as nails, all-too-common, boring, quick to form a dense screen, and utterly, completely reliable: Ligustrum japonicum, available at any big box store.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 7:21PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I second privets. I don't think they are boring.
They are lush and gorgeous when they are left unpruned, and they don't need water. They will grow in sun or shade, and they have a decent growth rate. They get pretty flowers, they don't leave a lot of litter. There are darn good reasons some plants are ubiquitous.
Renee

    Bookmark   August 6, 2010 at 10:57PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

There are darn good reasons some plants are ubiquitous.

Amen!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2010 at 3:02AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Speaking of ubiquitous-

How about Iceberg roses? Mine is seven feet tall and blooms from top to bottom for most of the year.

Renee

Here is a link that might be useful: Hoovb on the Holy Trinity: Privet, Iceberg, Olive

    Bookmark   August 8, 2010 at 11:34PM
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