Fast growing privacy screen for partial shade?
I back up to houses on a busy, four lane road. Neighbors are not very neighborly, so there is a privacy as well as a noise issue.
Previous owners planted honeysuckle all along the back fence line, which poses a number of problems:
*The amount of time spent battling it into submission and killing its offspring is ridiculous
*It's not evergreen so no privacy or noise control much of the year
* It arches fairly high, so the only real privacy is about 12 ft off the ground AND
* I flipping hate honeysuckle
Would love to get rid of this messy, spreading plant and actually reclaim some yard, preferably with something evergreen, dense, and fast-growing. It is partly shady due to some very tall trees (tulip and oak) but I think it'll be a lot sunnier with honeysuckle obliterated.
Was looking at Thuja Green Giant as an inexpensive, fast-growing choice but have read words of caution about how tall they get- we do have overhead power lines. I'm on a budget but trying to get my yard into some kind of shape before my son'a HS grad party next spring.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!