The Q&A Archives: Privacy Hedges

Question: I'm in the Central Florida area, and I'm trying to plan a perimeter hedge around my back yard. I was thinking of placing a chain link fence with hedges on both sides of it to hide it from view. But I'm not sure as to what to plant. Since eventually this fence will eventually reach the side of my home, I'm searching for something where the root system will not cause damage to my foundation or other property. Density of foliage is important to me, growth rate not so much, flowers would be nice addition but not mandatory. Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: Some shrub options include 'Bright N Tight' Carolina Cherry Laurel, Ixora, and Oleander, especially the dwarf varieties. You might also consider planting vines which will intertwine throughout the fence and disguise it from both sides. Vines which will cover the fence, remain evergreen and produce seasonal flowers include Antigonon leptopus (Coral Vine), Aristolochia littoralis (Calico Flower, Pipevine) and Campsis grandiflora (Chinese Trumpet Creeper) which is an Asian counterpart to our native Trumpet Creeper (C. radicans), but more refined, less aggressive and less weedy. It is deciduous for a short time in late winter. 'Morning Calm' is an approved cultivar with tubular, orange flowers up to 3" wide. Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

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