Answer: Most evergreens are slower growing, compared to deciduous plants so you will not find anything particularly "fast". Among shorter evergreens you could look at the shorter yews (Taxus x media 'Densiformis' grows to three to four feet tall and a bit wider), smaller rhododendrons (Rhododendron x 'P.J.M.' (H-1) grows three to five feet tall and a bit wider) or possibly a boxwood (Buxus 'Green Velvet' (COPF) grows to three to four feet tall and wide.) Which plant to use depends on the growing conditions where you are planting (is it sunny or shady, wet or dry, windy and so on) as well as your overall design goals, availability and budget. You may also find that planting an island bed beside your patio can help with the view in the meantime while you are waiting for the hedge to grow. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension may have additional or different suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the project.
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