Answer: Your plan sounds like a good one. Arborvitae would be would be my first choice, and there are narrow varieties such as Pyramidalis which remains 2-3' wide and reaches 15-20' tall. Although it is not evergreen, plain old privet might be a faster growing alternative as might forsythia if the hedge does not need to be symmetrical or too narrow. These both hold their leaves late in the fall and have dense twiggy structures. The most immediate effect of course would be a trellis planted with vines: English ivy would be an evergreen, something like fall blooming clematis or Virginia creeper might also work although they are deciduous. Finally, an elegant possibility might be large rhododendrons if your soil and exposure are suitable. For additional suggestions as to varieties which do well in your local area and specific planting conditions you might wish to consult with your County Extension.
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