Creating Privacy in your Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Marietta, Ge
Question by virgo28_81
April 6, 2010
What type of trees or shrubs are best to plant around a house to create privacy from neighbors? I bought some japanese privet would that be good enough for a privacy fence?

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2010


Japanese privet is fine for an evergreen privacy hedge. You might want to plant other shrubs to complete the privacy screen, depending upon how much depth you have in your yard. If you plant two rows of different shrubs, one in front of the other, you'll also deaden noise. Here are a few suggestions:

Farkleberry shrubs (Vaccinium arboretum), also called sparkleberry bushes, typically reach between 12 and 15 feet high in Georgia landscapes. Fragrant, white flowers appear from March through June, followed by blue-black berries that attract wildlife. This member of the Ericaceae plant family bears aromatic, deep green leaves that turn dark red in the autumn. Farkelberries prefer acidic, rocky or sandy soils in partial shade.

Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera), sometimes referred to as the southern bayberry, is a wispy, perennial shrub ranging from 6 to 12 feet in height. This evergreen shrub features aromatic, pale green leaves, white to gray bark and light blue berries commonly eaten by birds. Non-showy, green blossoms appear in March and April. Wax myrtles need moist, acidic soils in partly shady to fully sunny locations. These shrubs tolerate some drought conditions once established.

Dusty Zenobia (Zenobia pulverulenta), sometimes called the honeycup, belongs to the heath family (Ericaceae). This perennial shrub forms mounds reaching from 3 to 6 feet in both height and spread. Dusty zenobias feature red twigs, reddish-brown bark and silver-gray leaves that turn purple in the autumn. Fragrant clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers bloom in May and June. The dusty zenobia prefers wet, sandy or peaty soils in partially shady locations.

Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa), a perennial shrub in the rose family (Rosaceae), forms mounds ranging from 3 to 6 feet in height and width. This shrub features pink to purple flower clusters from July through September, while the green leaves turn yellow in the autumn. The steeplebush prefers acidic, moist soils in sunny locations.

American Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus), also called wahoos and hearts-a-burstin, reach 6 to 12 feet in height. This bittersweet family member (Celastraceae) bears twigs that turn purple in the sun and green leaves that turn dark red in the autumn. The blossoms appear in May and June, featuring light green petals and purple stamens. The vibrant red fruit contains orange seeds. This shrub tolerates most soil conditions, but performs best in partly shady locations. Georgia gardeners primarily use American strawberry bushes as landscape plants.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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