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Question: We have a very narrow side yard between our house and our neighbor's house. It gets a lot of sun and will be watered by hand. Right now there is ivy growing on chain link fencing. Yuck! We have a 30 ft. long and 2 ft. deep area to screen, and would like to go about 8-9 ft. tall. In the front yard, we have Texas privet and that is doing well. I'd use that again, but I'm concerned that it will get much wider than the 2 ft. I have to work with. Any suggestions? I've been looking at Eugenia and the Japanese blueberry tree I saw on your website. Thanks, Rebecca

Answer: I think the space might be too narrow for Eugenia or Japanese Blueberry. Here are a few suggestions: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard' (Boulevard Falsecypress); HT 10': full sun; a good evergreen for tight spaces, this narrow pyramidal shrub has silvery blue-green foliage in summer that turns grayish blue in winter. Moist well drained soil.

Juniperus scopulorum 'Skyrocket' (Skyrocket Juniper); HT 15', Width 2-3'; full sun; Very upright and narrow juniper that is tightly branched with year-round silver-blue foliage. Its narrow habit is very useful for accenting a flat, horizontal garden situation. Withstands harsh and windy conditions.

Blue Trail Juniper (Juniperus scopularum); Upright blue juniper that keeps its color throughout the winter. A very hardy and very narrow upright form. For the first few years after planting, protect with burlap during the winter months to prevent sun-scald. HT 12? Width 3'.

Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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