Screening Trees and Large Shrubs
I'm new to this forum - have been lost in the remodeling forums for a while, and now onto the fun stuff.
We have a 1/3 acre house lot in Metrowest Boston. Our neighbor behind us has a lot of trees planted at the back of the yard, but we're worried that at some point the house will be sold and replaced possibly by a McMansion.
We want to start planting some screening trees. We have some sun in the back (south and southwest). On our yard there are also a maple and a couple of oaks. There is not a whole lot of sun near the lot line. Of course that may change if a new owner wants to cut down all the trees on their side. We have a lot of moss in the yard. The soil is on the acidic side. The soils seems to be not too dry or too wet. Right now the yard is totally overgrown - lots of what I think are light purple asters. We haven't seen deer, but have rabbits, cats and an occasional ground hog and wild turkey.
We're thinking of planting about several evergreens and some flowering trees or larger shrubs. We're talking about Pinus strobus 'Fastigiata' and hemlocks. I know we're taking a chance with the hemlock disease. We have hemlock borders on the sides of the property and they are still fine. Would love to know if there are better alternatives. We're trying to stay native as much as possible.
For the flowering trees/shrubs we're looking into Viburnum (carlesii, burkwoodii, dentatum, plicatum t.), Enkianthus campanulatus, Cornus kousa, witch hazel, winterberry, serviceberry, Leucothoe, Fothergilla, Red Bud, and Japanese Maple.
Although I've done some gardening, I'm pretty new to trees and shrubs. We're also pretty broke after the remodel. I'd rather have a larger list to choose from so if we find some decent plants on sale we'll be ready.