The Q&A Archives: Planting the correct hedge in LA?

Question: I am looking to plant a hedge in a narrow space on the side of my house in order to cover an ugly 6' high cinder block wall. I have about 3.5' from the wall to the house and would like something that can be dense, narrow and approx 8' high to block out the neighbors views into our windows. The space will be mostly shaded. Can you help?


Answer: With the exception of boxwood, there are very few tall, narrow-growing evergreens that thrive in full shade. So, instead of trying to coax a shrub to grow in the area, why not consider placing a trellis on top of the wall and planting an evergreen vine? You can train a vine such as Trachelospermum (star jasmine) or Parthenocissus (Virginia Creeper) onto a trellis to fill in the void without having to worry about it outgrowing the small planting space. Good luck with your landscape!

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