Suggestions for privacy screen planting in a container garden

kitanddaveSeptember 18, 2013

We have a float home in North Vancouver and need to grow a small(ish) evergreen screen on the "public" end of our deck. A fruit bearing or at least flowering vine would be nice. Any ideas?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

How big?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 2:18AM
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George Three LLC

Billardiera longiflora is easy to train on structures and will not outgrow the space. However, its fairly slow to fill in. Something you will appreciate in the long run, but it won't get you quick privacy.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:20AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Also prone to being damaged by cold winters.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 2:33PM
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kitanddave

How big? Well up to about eight feet high. Pruning won't be a problem for us.
You know I had it in mind to try grapes. They won't be evergreen or particularly neat looking but........ Or kiwi? I've scanned the posts for kiwis and found out a lot. Will I have a lack of bees, being over the water and 100 feet from shore?
So many questions! ;-)

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 2:49PM
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kitanddave

Thanks for the suggestion. Does this Billardiera longiflora have a common name?
The local parks board has palms growing nearby but frost cannot be ruled out either. How can I find out our zone?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 2:55PM
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George Three LLC

tasmania vine-- it is a bit cold sensitive. not sure when damage occurs, mine sailed through 17 degrees without leaf damage. if you are on the water, should perform for you for many years.

Here is a link that might be useful: some pictures

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 7:03PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Also doesn't have any meat on it. The fruits are quite interesting, maybe you could plant it in combination with something more substantial. The color of the fruit would be quite nice with the foliage of purple-leaved wine grape (Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'). The grapes from this one aren't tops, however.

The simplest thing would be to buy a Fargesia 'Rufa' and plant it in the middle of of a tub. Kept watered and fertilized it would soon make a substantial and dense clump.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:38AM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

I think kiwi is too vigorous to grow in a pot and it isn't evergreen. What about Star Jasmine? The scent is amazing, the flowers very pretty against the dark green leaves. Mine is in a pot and at this point is up to the roof. I wouldn't expect it to freeze if it is on the water and somewhat protected by your home.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:32PM
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kitanddave

Thank you for your suggestions. We plan to be away from the internet for a few days but near some plant nurseries.I'll see what they have....................

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 10:33PM
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