New gardener in need to backyard privacy

amber3398(9)March 3, 2009

Hello. I am a new homeowner in need of some backyard privacy. I am searching for a fast growing vine or shrub that will keep it's foliage year-round to provide constant privacy. The backyard is exposed to full sun. We are located in Watsonville, on the central coast in California. I am a brand-new gardener and I'm anxious to get started :)

Here is a panoramic photo of our backyard. Please excuse the weeds, we have yet to do anything to the backyard since buying our home.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y8/Amber3398/backyard3.jpg

I appreciate all the advice I can get!

-Amber

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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

I think Gelsemium sempervirens would be hardy with you and does make a totally thick and evergreen cover. There are single flowered, pale flowered and double flowered forms, that bloom, briefly in Spring. Another nice vine is the crossvine, and that may be evergreen for you, also.
I think they could both bring down a flimsy fence or trellis.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 8:37AM
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chittendenresearch

I can really see some background bamboo or horsetail(6-10') growing all along what looks like a reed fence, and then some shorter ornamental grasses at 4-5' to fill out the front.
It would match the style of the fence and grow quite a bit taller than your fence to screen out the neighbor windows which are so close.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 12:26PM
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