Shrubs Under Pines for Privacy - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Question by stitchintime
April 20, 2000
There are tall narrow pines that grow along the road in front of my house. There are no branches below five feet, so the road is in full view. I want to grow some sort of shrub to block the view of the road. I need suggestions for plants that grow only grow 4 to 5 feet tall that would look nice beside the tall pines. I want to plant another flower garden in front of it so I don't want a bush that will have to be trimmed each year.

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2000


Pines make it hard for other plants to grow around them; they drink most of the moisture and create a very acidic soil environment. Rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurel will tolerate the shade and require acid soil, but they also need a porous, humusy soil that holds moisture, but still drains well. You can probably make it work for them if you build mounds or a long berm of rich, woodsy soil to plant them on, and then install a drip irrigation line that will provide them with adequate water.

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