Screening Plants for a rock gardent - Knowledgebase Question

Delray Beach, FL
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Question by kmiller1942
July 9, 2006
I live in southern Florida and want to as much of a one-way screen as possible. I want to see out from our home onto our lake, but I don't want passersby to see in to our backyard. Planting a rock garding extending from our windows toward the lake with the screening plants such as sea grass or shrubs at the back of the garden should work. What I am asking of you is to identify screening plants or shrubs that you would suggest. Up north I would have used

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2006

I'm not sure what you mean by one way screen as plants with either screen visual line of sight or not. Nevertheless some plants to consider for screening include:

Hollywood Juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa') - 15 feet high, 10 feet wide. Does particularly well in coastal environment.
Variegated Japanese Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira 'Variegatum') - 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. Good border, hedge or landscape accent.
Southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) - 12-15 feet. Uses: Specimen plant or screen.
Duranta (Golden-dewdrop)- 12-15 feet. Yellow fruit is poisonous to humans. Uses: Specimen plant, informal hedge.
Wild olive or Florida privet (Forestiera segregata)- 15-20 feet. Hedge plant with good salt, drought, and alkali tolerance. Uses: Specimen plant; informal hedge.
Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hustrix) - 5-6 feet.

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