Need privacy screen for both full sun and part shade areas

crabbykissesApril 9, 2014


We recently moved from a cottage on 1.5 acres lined in mature trees to a home in a neighborhood on maybe 1/3 of an acre. Our "new" home was not taken care of, and the landscaping and yard show it. We are getting ready to gut everything and start fresh.

I have two main problem areas. First, the backyard. The backyard is dead grass and nothing else. The neighbors behind us are higher up and can see into our master bedroom. What shrub/hedge/tree can we plant along the back fence to create a privacy screen that will not only hide our ugly wood fence, but also hide the view from the neighbors? The backyard gets full direct sun. I have to be careful of spread, since we are in a smaller area and I don't want to lose too much of my yard.

The second area is the side of our home. A different neighbor looks directly into our master bath from their living room. I don't like to have shades drawn on windows but there's no way I'm taking a leisurely soak in my garden tub with the neighbors right there. I need a hedge that will grow tall enough to create privacy between my house and theirs and block their view. I would love this hedge to go all the way down to the street if possible for full privacy. This side of my house has quite a bit of shade due to the closeness of our two story homes and a large magnolia tree growing in between the homes. What are my options for a fast-growing shrub with the height I need?

I am in the Nashville, TN area - I think that is zone 7. We are only interested in evergreen plants and would love something that flowers on the side of my house, if possible. We have kids and a dog, if that makes a difference.

Thanks for your advice.

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

It sounds like your options are pretty limited. Fast growing trees are going to get really big. Most fast growing trees also end up being weak-wooded and short lived. 'Green Giant' thujas grow quickly and have far few problems than Leyland cypresses (which I would definitely NOT recommend), but the Green Giants are going to get pretty large eventually (and very possibly much larger than you'd want). You may want to consider a vine-covered fence or even a hardy type of bamboo with a root barrier.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 9:46PM
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