The 15 Best Trees & Shrubs
To Grow For
Its thick evergreen foliage creates a dense hedge when the trees are spaced properly, it tolerates most soil conditions, and it’s cold-hardy and low maintenance
Some varieties of bamboo are invasive, so consider picking a slow-spreading, clumping variety, or planting it in large raised planters to keep it under control.
Planted in a sunny location and in well-drained soil, a laurel hedge will reward you with white blooms in spring.
3. Skip Laurel
Homeowners with small children or sensitive hands may want to consider a soft-leafed variety that’s free of the plant’s signature sharp, spiny leaves.
This low-maintenance option sets a wonderful evergreen backdrop for the rest of a yard, and its soft needles and winter berries make it a fast favorite with backyard wildlife.
7. Hicks Yew
This fast-growing shrub can reach 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide, creating an impressive display in a yard.
8. Red Twig Dogwood
The hardy chocolate vine It spreads very quickly, so be sure to rein it in with regular pruning.
9. Chocolate Vine
The trees grow quickly—up to 5 feet every year—so you can expect to block out curious eyes within a few seasons.
Lilacs need lots of sun, so opt for another hedge option if you’re situated in a shady spot.
Hydrangea plants grow up to 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall, making them great hedge plants.
Several varieties of juniper make excellent privacy screen plants. Many cultivars grow up to 10 feet tall or more, including California and Sierra junipers.
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