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Question: My houses backyard backs up to a Dr. Office. I currently have a 6 foot fence up but would like to put in something in front of the fence that will get at least 8-12 feet tall to block some of the view and hopefully not take up a lot of the yard. It is a mostly shaded area. On the Dr. office side they have evergreens. It probably gets 2-4 hours of afternoon sun. We would like something that grows relatively fast. Could you give me some suggestions. Thanks for any help.

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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