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zingarelli
Jan 4, 2018 5:37 PM CST
I need to plant an evergreen border in my front yard to mask the parked cars there. It has to be 5' tall and could be a combination of plants.
Name: greene
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greene
Jan 4, 2018 6:46 PM CST
Just a question, please. When you say you 'need' to plant these, is it a requirement from your landlord or HMO or something like that?
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Zencat
Jan 5, 2018 12:52 PM CST
I'm thinking 'need' means they don't want to see them?
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greene
Jan 5, 2018 5:38 PM CST
Since Zingarelli lives in Oregon where they like things nice and neat/clean/presentable, I was thinking it is a requirement according to local law/code/ordinance. Check out 'screening' here:
http://www.ashland.or.us/Files...
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csandt
Jan 5, 2018 6:20 PM CST
An attractive and fast-growing broadleaf evergreen shrub that would provide a screen fairly quickly is Euonymus 'Manhattan':

Basic information but no good photos here:
Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Manhattan')

http://www.missouribotanicalga...

Photo here:
http://www.thetreefarm.com/med...

I have quite a few of this shrub on my property. The only caveat is that they grow fast, so if you want them to stay small, you will need to prune them or trim them repeatedly to stay looking like the ones the photo.
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Henhouse
Jan 6, 2018 3:02 AM CST
I'm pretty fond of several Osmanthus...
Osmanthus fortunei ' Variegatus' makes a dense shrub that grows in a nice form. Very little pruning required. Mine is about 6 ft. A slightly more colorful variety is 'Goshiki' which means 5 colors. It's also a little shorter, maybe ultimately at 5ft.
I trained mine up as a small tree, but Osmanthus fragrans aurantaicus, has one of my favorite scents in the garden.. kind of like warm apricot jam. Yum! it's easily clipped into a nice hedge.
Myrsine Africans is another good, tough hedge plant.. looks more like a boxwood, but is less formal looking.. tough as nails.
I think it would come down to:
-how frequently can you want to prune it? More formal or informal?
-what exposure? Sun or shade.
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lauriebasler
Jan 6, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Tri-Color Dappled Willow
Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki'

This shrub is often grown as a standard, but I have it in shurb form.
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The hedge above can be trimmed so it is not nearly as wide as the one pictured. Either way, it's a stunner.
It grows quite fast, and must be trimmed for size every year, but it is BEAUTIFUL, and you will have a hedge almost 5 feet the first year, if your new plants are in a one gallon pot. Maybe even smaller. If expense is of any importance, It is very easy to propagate, so you could buy one, and get as many starts as you want that will grow to 2 or more feet the first year, the second year they will be the size you want. It is a willow, so read up on it's root growth. I keep mine as dry as possible, and it's been just fine, after 7 years.

This is just one suggestion. Arborvitaes are a common solution, maybe too common. Any planting that is nice to look at, you could choose, even if not a hedge would be a nice distraction to easily trick your eye to where all you notice is your nice plantings, and the cars are barely noticed.

Good luck. I have new neighbors who have parked their cars right in my eyesight, and have changed my most seen view from my house and front yard; and so I feel your pain.

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