The Q&A Archives: Shrubs for a backyard property line(between good neighbors)

Question: I am in the Sioux City, IA area and would like to have a little separation from our yard to the neighbors yard, It's near 120 feet long and has 50-60 feet partly shaded by large pine trees. All the shrubs need not be the same. What shrubs might you suggest that wouldn't go more than 5 foot high. Thanks

Answer: There are a number of shrubs that do well in your gardening region. Here are a few suggestions:
(D means deciduous; E means evergreen)
Barberries (D) Berberis species 1 to 5 feet natural or sheared
Boxwoods (E) Buxus species 2 to 4 feet natural or sheared
Siberian peashrub (D) Caragana arborescens 10 to 15 feet natural
Gray dogwood (D) Cornus racemosa 10 to 15 feet natural
Redosier dogwood (D) Cornus sericea 8 to 10 feet natural
Hedge cotoneaster (D) Cotoneaster lucidus 6 to 8 feet natural or sheared
Burning bush (D) Euonymus alatus 6 to 15 feet natural
Junipers (E) Juniperus species 8 to 15 feet natural
Beautybush (D) Kolkwitzia amabilis 8 to 10 feet natural
Amur privet (D) Ligustrum amurense 10 to 12 feet natural or sheared
Eastern ninebark (D) Physocarpus opulifolius 6 to 8 feet natural
Alpine currant (D) Ribes alpinum 4 to 6 feet natural or sheared
Vanhoutte spirea (D) Spiraea x vanhouttei 6 to 8 feet natural
Lilacs (D) Syringa species 4 to 15 feet natural
Yews (E) Taxus species 2 to 10 feet natural or sheared
American arborvitae (E) Thuja occidentalis 3 to 15 feet natural or sheared
Arrowwood viburnum (D) Viburnum dentatum 6 to 8 feet natural
American cranberrybush (D) Viburnum trilobum 8 to 12 feet natural

The heights of mature, informal shrubs are provided above. Sheared plants can be kept at lower heights. Some perform better in sun than shade so you'll want to do some research on the plants you find most attractive.

Best wishes with your living fence!

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