All Things Gardening forum: Privacy Hedge Ideas Needed

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Neira_ari
May 16, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I have just purchased a new home in zone 6a/b (Saint Louis, MO- so not exactly sure if 6a OR 6b) which is on a corner lot, so I do not have many options available when it comes to fence, or actually better to say- a fence is not an option except behind the house. Since I love privacy, and really want privacy, my agent suggested to plant a privacy hedge or something that would create a little bit of separation from the street.
I do not have experience with any of it, all I can plant is flowers, and half of them usually die lol
I want to plant something that grows fast and doesn't grow extremely tall (not over 6-7 ft). What type of plant would be suitable for this kind of project? I also don't want to oay crazy amounts of money for the plants... The lot is 0.25 acres, and half of the perimeter would be fenced by this privacy hedge...

Thank you!

P.S. Can't wait to hear your responses!
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RickM
May 16, 2017 6:49 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Probably the cheapest route would be to put in forsythia. It grows fairly quick and can be trimmed to what ever size you want. In the spring, you'll have a golden wall that gives way to green. Of course, it does lose its' leaves in the fall, so that might be an issue for you. You can also check in to evergreen azaleas or some form of holly.

Measure the length of the areas that you want to 'fence in', allowing for gaps for sidewalks, etc. Take that to your local nursery and say...

Ok, so I have 120 feet of full sun space between me and the street. Expense is a concern, so what can we do?

They should be able to recommend something that does well in your area. DO NOT commit to anything on the first trip to any nursery. Do your homework. Depending on what you use, you can give it a completely different look on your side using perennials, different shrubs, etc.

Keep us posted!
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Bonehead
May 17, 2017 11:20 AM CST
I guess I'm confused why a fence wouldn't work? Are there sight distance issues? I'd think about a mixed hedge that includes several different types of shrubs, and perhaps some small trees. The thicker you planted it, the more privacy you would have, as well as cutting back on street noise. If sight distance is an issue, you could plant lower growing shrubs along the street, easing up to taller ones in the middle, then back again to either shorter shrubs or perhaps a perennial border on the inside yard side. You might want to contact your local native plant society for good ideas on what they recommend for mitigation plantings - natives look natural and typically adapt better than cultivated plants.
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Frillylily
May 17, 2017 11:30 AM CST
I favor a mix of shrubs, because if you plant a row of the same thing and one dies, you gotta issue.

Lilacs do well and live forever. Forsythias are nice too. Just go to Lowes and see what there is, take pics and come home and think on it before rushing into anything. (on the lilacs, of late seveal dwarf varieties have been popular, not sure you want those, too small)
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greene
May 17, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Bonehead said:I guess I'm confused why a fence wouldn't work?


I am even more confused as to why someone who values privacy would purchase a corner property Confused

Forsythia would give you privacy only while the plants have leaves. Better to select someting evergreen that would screen the view year round. Thumbs up

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Phenolic
May 17, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Fargesia is a genus of cold-hardy clumping evergreen bamboos that might work as a privacy screen.
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Frenchy21
May 18, 2017 10:20 PM CST
What about Otto Luyken - we have them planted across back of yard for privacy and they are evergreen. The Otto Luyken Cherry is a shorter more compact form.

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