Answer: Unfortunately, most evergreens need a full day of sun or a minimum of six hours of direct sun incuding the hour of noon to stay healthy and dense. And, evergreens are slow growers. Most shrubs also grow wide as they grow taller and do best in a location with good air circulation. Since the neighboring property has evergreens already, perhaps they could be convinced to allow their plants to grow taller? Or, if you would like to soften the look of the vence, perhaps you could grow a vine on it? Many vines will tolerate some shade, including English ivy and Virginia creeper. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension may have other suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the planting conditions and space available, as well as your overall design goals.
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