privacy screen HELP!

inbloominalabamaJune 2, 2014

My lovely country/cottage garden style yard and porch has one major flaw. The junky view we see of our neighbor's porch. We can't sit on our porch and enjoy it without having a horrible view of a neighbor's junked up porch, as well as hot, full afternoon sun coming in as well. We really preferred to use a living privacy screen and opted to plant an evergreen shrub called cleyera, because it was supposed to grow tall quickly. Or so we thought. After a year, it has grown wider ever so slightly but not any taller. Our porch is about 3 and a half feet above the ground level, so any live screen is going to need to be a quick grower that gets at least 7-9 feet tall at maturity. HELP! I have posted a photo that shows our little cleyera and how tall it is next to our porch. Not nearly tall or wide enough yet to block the eyesore from next-door!

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Here is the view I am trying to block. So disgusting to look out from your beautiful porch and see junk and clutter all over the porch next-door. Need to cover this view ASAP! We want to sit on our porch and enjoy the hard work we have incorporated into our yard.

1 Like    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 2:13PM
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One idea would be to put a trellis up on the end of your porch, and then plant a suitable vine/plant to climb it. I used to have a Lady Banks rose on the end of my porch and it completely filled the lattice...and then some. It only blooms once a year in mid-late April, but it's glorious then. There are lots of plants that would work...better than a shrub, I'd think [imho]. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 11:24AM
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i don't think putting a trellis on porch would work well because the porch itself is at least three and a half feet off the ground level. So whatever we put on the trellis would have to grow almost four feet tall to even be at the bottom of the trellis, and that would do nothing to block our view. Also, anything that climbs is not going to be evergreen and that means we would have this same privacy issue again in the winter when the plants dies back. That's why I wanted an evergreen, large, fast growing shrub. Maybe I could hang a hanging basket of a sun loving
fern above that to fill in until the shrub gets taller.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 8:52AM
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So I am pretty dead set on a shrub at this point, any suggestions for one that is evergreen and gets tall quickly? It can't get more than 14 ft tall at maturity or it will grow into the eaves of the house.
Tried cleyera, as it was tagged as being fast to moderate in growth, but have found that to be untrue.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 8:55AM
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Almost anything is going to go through a sleep/creep/leap cycle so that you won't get the most growth until the 3rd year.

That being said, Chindo viburnum has done pretty well for us.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 1:25PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Perhaps if you set some eyehooks in the roof beam you can hang potted plants at different heights. Don't know if ferns would love the hard afternoon sun but there are plenty of other choices.
You might want to put a tilted shield under the pots so they drain off the porch.
That cleyera will do fine so long as you keep it well watered this summer and fall.
They get taller in spots where they only get AM sun and have to reach for the afternoon rays. In three years you won't need so many of those hanging pots and when they are finished blooming maybe hang a faux stain glass panel.
Get creative.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 5:48PM
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Does this side of your house get at least 4-5 hours of sun? Your cleyera looks healthy and esh is right, it may just still be young. Give it another year. Mine have to be trimmed every year. They are on the south side and I planted them for the height against a tall back wall of our house. They really took off but they do get a lot of sun.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 1:39PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Before that cleyera reaches the "leap" cycle, you'd do well to have some of those foundation bricks re-pointed and mortar cracks attended to while they are easy to get to.

1 Like    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 2:17PM
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This is one of those times a HOA would come in handy, even though they can become a pain. All I can think of is some very high fencing. If you're on friendly terms, talk to them about the problem.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2015 at 3:09PM
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Don't know if you will see this post or not, or if you bought something for that side

of the porch for privacy yet, but, if you didn't, POT that shrub up in a nice big pot and put it at the edge of your porch where you see the neighbors, it will create privacy instantly.

Those shrubs do VERY well in pots, some people use them as houseplants.

Put it right where you can't see the view.

Instant privacy.

Sorry about this post, it's the new site and it's different from the old one.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2015 at 1:39PM
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