Top Three Evergreens Best for Privacy
Are you yearning for privacy, but don't know where to start? Here we discuss three great options for just that. Adding a shrub or an evergreen is a fantastic way to add some privacy-and beauty to your property. Below we discuss our top 3 choices for perfect privacy options.
Our first choice is a Boxwood. They're great for Zones 6 through 8 (Kansas is Zone 6). Long a European favorite, boxwood responds very well to pruning and shaping. Besides making great hedges,boxwood's are a favorite tree for a topiary. The tiny, evergreen leaves remain tidy when clipped. Korean boxwood is proving to be hardier than the English varieties. Prune in late spring, as new growth darkens. Size varies with species and it prefers full sun to partial shade.
Yew is our second choice. The Yew evergreen is hearty in Zones 2 through 7. Yew makes a dense hedge that responds well to pruning. Overgrown yew hedges can often be restored by hard pruning in late winter. Many yews used for foundation plantings remain squat.T. baccatagrows to 6 feet tall and 16 feet spread, making it great for hedging. The uniformity of a yew hedge makes a great wall for enclosed gardens. It is a slow-to-medium grower.
Lastly we discuss the Arborvitae Green Giant. The Green Giant also flourishes in zones 2 through 7 and requires partial to full sun. Arborvitae Green Giant was introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum. You can grow it in almost any soil conditions from sand to clay. It forms a pyramid shape and requires no pruning. It is pest resistant and even deer resistant. For a quick hedge or windbreak, plant these plants 5 to 6 feet apart. For a more gradual hedge, plant 10 to 12 feet apart. These fast-growers can reach a height of 60 feet and a spread of 20 feet.
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